Improving Diabetes, High Blood Pressure In Northeast Ohio

Eliminating disparities in the care provided for patients with high blood pressure in Northeast Ohio. (Graphic courtesy of Better Health Partnership)
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Nearly 60,000 Northeast Ohio residents who suffer from diabetes and high blood pressure saw their conditions improve in recent years, according to a new report.

Thomas Love, the data director for Better Health Partnership, says the gains are part of a growing effort to improve the region’s overall health.

“The main thing that we’re working on is trying to reduce disparities in the region, disparities in several ways, in terms of people who have better insurance get better results right now and we want to bring up the people who are uninsured or people on Medicaid insurance who are having a tougher time getting to resources, " Love says.

The Better Health Partnership is a collaboration that includes most of the region’s largest health systems, including MetroHealth, the Cleveland Clinic and the VA System. The groups share data and then agree on how to provide the best care. Love said helping patients coordinate care and using electronic health records were both key to improving patient health.

To read Better Health Partnership's Summer 2015 report, click here.


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