Hopkins, Kaiser join forces to improve patient care

Health care giants will develop, share best practices

Johns Hopkins Medicine and Kaiser Permanente on Tuesday announced a "strategic collaboration" through which they will share patient data from electronic health records (EHRs) and develop best practice care models.

According to the announcement, the Baltimore-based academic medical center and Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States will:

  • Share best practices;
  • Strengthen the existing collaboration between Kaiser Permanente and Hopkins' Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland;
  • Strengthen the existing collaboration between Kaiser Permanente and Hopkins' Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality;
  • Explore and leverage technologies to deliver personalized care to patients inside their homes; and
  • Explore opportunities to create education programs and best practices to improve the overall health of the mid-Atlantic communities.

Suburban Hospital CEO Brian Gragnolati says Hopkins hopes to learn from Kaiser's model. "We want to be able to learn that and be able to apply that as broadly as we can," he says, adding, "How do we drive down the cost of care and improve safety and quality of care? We think Kaiser has a special formula."

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed (Reed, "BizBeat," Washington Business Journal, 7/29; Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 7/29; Kaiser Permanente release, 7/29). 

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