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Chronic Disease Registries: A Product Review

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Publication Date: May 2004

Publisher(s): California HealthCare Foundation

Author(s): Jodi Simon; Margie Powers

Series: iHealthReports

Topic: Health (Health services for the chronically ill)

Type: Report


Chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes are placing a growing burden on the health care system in the United States. As a result, provider organizations are looking for strategies to effectively manage individuals and populations with one or more chronic diseases. One such strategy is implementing computerized disease registries, systems to capture and track key patient information that assists care team members in proactively managing patients with chronic diseases. This report helps physicians and provider organizations make informed decisions about choosing a disease registry product. The report, prepared by NAS Consulting Services, helps physicians, medical groups, and other organizations considering the purchase or adoption of an electronic registry application. It provides an overview of stand-alone electronic registry products that were publicly and commercially available as of May 2004 and describes 16 of those products in detail. Important decision criteria are outlined to help providers choose the most appropriate product. The report also helps them narrow their choices and identify the best options by offering details on functionality strengths, weaknesses, and cost.