Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: Massachusetts (cont'd)
Planned Care: Childhood Asthma
CHA: Cambridge Health Alliance
David Link, MD
The Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) of Cambridge, MA has implemented its Planned Care: Childhood Asthma program since 2002, as one of seven health systems in the nation chosen by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to participate in the Pursuing Perfection program aiming to help transform the delivery of healthcare.
The objective of the childhood asthma program is to perfect asthma care for patients age 3-18 through the use of an electronic patient registry, redesigned process and new approaches to partnering with patients. In addition to the registry and other systems changes, program activities include patient education, provider training, and the Healthy Homes home-based environmental intervention. The program reaches patients of CHA in Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston's metro-north region.
Evaluations based on approximately 1200 patients and their families have shown a positive impact on hospital utilization, ED and urgent care visits, and office visits. The program is ongoing.
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