Background: The present study describes a computerized registry of cardiovascular disease patients in a large health maintenance organization in Israel. The registry is aimed to be used by health professionals to identify cardiovascular disease patients and to follow the courses of their illnesses and risk factors.
Methods: In 1998, the registry was initiated using advanced information technology that integrated personal computerized community and hospital records, data from laboratory tests, dispensed medications, physiological signals, radiological images, and reports from investigations and procedures.
Results: Between 1998 and 2007, the number of patients with cardiovascular diseases that were identified by the registry has increased from 34,144 to 80,339. During this period, the age-adjusted prevalence rates have risen from 3.7% to 5.1% and from 1.9% to 2.6%, among men and women, respectively. The percentage of ischemic heart disease patients who reached target LDL was doubled, from 21% in 2000 to 50% in 2006. The average stay in hospital declined from 11.7 to 8.6 days. Primary myocardial infarction rates declined 33% and 54% in men aged 54-65 and women aged 65-74 years, respectively.
Conclusions: The present study provides, for the first time in Israel, data on selected quality of care and clinical outcomes using a large, population-based registry of cardiovascular disease patients. It demonstrates a significant improvement in the adherence with LDL tests and achieving target LDL levels and a subsequent decline in incidence of myocardial infarction within ten years since its establishment.
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