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Kaiser Permanente Wins Prestigious Eisenberg Award For Patient Safety And Quality Efforts

OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente is one of two recipients of the prestigious annual 2012 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards.

The award recognizes Kaiser Permanente's implant registries, which help care teams to improve the quality of care provided to its 9 million members by using integrated data systems and advanced statistical analyses to monitor patient outcomes, evaluate new and established device technologies, and identify and facilitate implementation of clinical best practices.

"Delivering the highest quality and safest care to our patients and members are our highest priorities at Kaiser Permanente, so we are honored to be recognized nationally for our efforts in these areas," said Jed Weissberg, MD, senior vice president, Hospitals, Quality and Care Delivery Excellence. "As a health care leader, we are committed to translating our learning from the data we collect in the course of patient care into improving practice within Kaiser Permanente, and through publications and knowledge sharing throughout the world."

The patient safety awards program, launched in 2002 by National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission, honors John M. Eisenberg, MD, former administrator of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, who was a passionate advocate for patient safety and health care quality.

NQF and The Joint Commission applauded Kaiser Permanente for "the pioneering innovations of their implant registries, which have shown unsurpassed and proven benefits for patient safety, quality, outcomes, and cost effectiveness in their integrated health care system."

The two organizations also praised Kaiser Permanente for providing vital data — from tracking more than 300,000 patients — for orthopedic, cardiology and vascular post-market medical device surveillance and surgical outcomes by successfully leveraging its electronic health record, expert databases and patient care experience.

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