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Improving Health Outcomes: The Use of Vermont Medical Data to Improve Health Care Decision-Making

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04/15/2014

Vermont has been a pioneer in healthcare reforms and has been one of the first states to adopt an all payer, all claims electronic health record. In an effort to leverage data towards personalized medicine, the Department of Surgery has become one of the first in the world to simulate care pathways so that patients can receive care that is personalized to their unique circumstances. This effort has started in Vascular Surgery with the complex choice between open versus endovascular aneurysm repair. Chris Jones, D.Phil. will discuss his "made in Vermont" approach to personalizing medicine and making choices that are more effective and efficient, using what his team have termed, "point-of-care cost analysis" (POCCA). Two examples will be given from recent findings: one in the space of vascular surgery, the other infertility treatments.

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