Data Management

A Sample Paper for Improving Quality of Care for Chronic Disease in the Primary Care Setting: A Quality Improvement Program Using SAS and Electronic Medical Record Data

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Executive Summary

In Virginia the Federally Qualified Health Center Network has long been engaged in an active primary care quality improvement effort. After a widely implemented electronic medical record system had been in use long enough for the data to mature, the authors began exploring ways to use this rich resource to help improve the quality of care. After finding that the internal EMR reporting was not suitable for this purpose the author turned to SAS to fill this need. This paper is using base SAS and SAS Access for ODBC to retrieve this data and produce clinical performance measures that help the physicians to monitor their compliance with established clinical guidelines.

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