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The Guideline Advantage Program: An innovative and effective approach to outpatient monitoring

The American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association have joined together to create a program entitled The Guideline Advantage.  The collaborative program works with outpatient health technology systems to track and monitor outpatient prevention and disease management.  Data from electronic health records are used to establish a practice’s measures for disease prevention and longitudinal care.

Participants in the program receive quarterly reports.  These reports include benchmarking information and performance feedback.  Reports are intended to help practices identify areas in which quality care is being delivered and areas that require more attention.  The expertise of the three partner organizations allows for a refined set of measures to ensure the most useful feedback for the healthcare providers.  There is a regular review process already in place.  Measures and the electronic health records system will be constantly monitored and any necessary changes will be made.

The goal of the program is to better the lives of all Americans by preventing disease and improving overall quality of care.  The Guideline Advantage program targets four out the the ten leading causes of death in the U.S.  Dr. Vincent Bufalino of the American Heart Association highlighted the benefits and successes of the program:  “According to evidence-based guidelines, these are the assessments we should be making; the questions we should be asking; and the screenings we should be recommending.  Research has proven that, when followed consistently, these guidelines can make a real difference in our fight against these leading killers.”

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