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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to receive prestigious health care award

BY Allison Cerra

BETHESDA, Md. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be honored in Washington, D.C., for remarkable leadership in improving the quality of care for people living with cystic fibrosis, by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

The NCQA is a private, not-for-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of health care by elevating the issue to the national level. Each year, the organization presents Health Quality Awards to individuals and organizations that show an ongoing commitment to improving the quality of health care. Previous award recipients include Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and actress and advocate Mary Tyler Moore.

The Foundation was among the first health organizations to publish health outcomes data for its accredited care centers. The data is updated annually so people with CF can track the progress of their individual care centers.

“We are honored to receive the Health Quality Award from NCQA for driving improvements in care for people with cystic fibrosis,” said Bruce Marshall, M.D., VP clinical affairs for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “Increasingly, we’re learning that quality improvement efforts when applied to a chronic disease can have a dramatic impact on patients’ lives.”

The Foundation supports and accredits a nationwide network of more than 115 care centers, which provide vital treatments and resources to patients and families. In 2002, the Foundation launched its quality improvement program to accelerate improvement in care. Since that time, key indicators of health for people with cystic fibrosis — including lung function and nutritional status — have increased across the Foundation’s care center network. Improved lung function and nutrition leads to added years of life.

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ClinicTools launches electronic medical record application

BY Antoinette Alexander

PHILADELPHIA ClinicTools, which was developed by its chairman and CEO Henry Balogun, has announced the launch of its electronic medical record application developed exclusively to assist healthcare providers and facilities.

According to the company, the ClinicTools application makes it easier for a clinician to, for example, create patient health information, establish treatment options, schedule patient appointments, collaborate with other health care providers and bill for services rendered anywhere, anytime.

ClinicTools provides ongoing training for clinicians in how to properly document a patient’s problem. It also covers how to properly evaluate signs and symptoms to be sure nothing is overlooked. The application is also designed to search patient information to alert physicians of any possible complications likely to arise from the current medication, looking at medications every taken by the patient.

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Take Care opens clinic in Chicago

BY Antoinette Alexander

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, has announced the opening of a new clinic in the Chicago area.

With the new opening, the clinic operator now has 35 clinics in that market.

In total, Take Care Health now has 340 clinics in 35 markets throughout 19 states.

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