DENVER — New research from Kaiser Permanente demonstrates that more than 40 percent of patients were able to reach aggressive cholesterol reduction targets through care coordination and electronic medical records.
When the National Cholesterol Education Program issued revised cholesterol goals in 2004 recommending people at very high-risk for heart disease move their target LDL or “bad” cholesterol from 100 mg/dL to 70 mg/dL to reduce the risk for another heart attack, many health experts questioned if the lower goal was possible.
The study, which is the largest to date demonstrating how many patients can get to the lower goal, is published in the May issue of the Journal of Clinical Lipidology.
Other news of today’s health safety headlines gathered by the library department of Noblis Health Innovation includes:
- Vets poorly served by VA call centers, audit finds: Callers seeking help from the Veterans Benefits Administration have only a 49 percent chance of reaching an agent and getting accurate information, according to a new audit by the Veterans Affairs Department’s Office of Inspector General.
- VA reports new data breaches: The Veterans Affairs Department has notified lawmakers of two recent data breach incidents, according to a House committee aide. One breach was a contractor’s laptop that was stolen on April 22 and contained unencrypted personal information on 616 veterans.
- Laptops plague government health data keepers: Two instances of health data breaches last week served as a stark reminder that the wayward laptop — and not the hacked database — might be the more insidious information security threat to government healthcare organizations and their beneficiaries.
- HHS to study patient perceptions of health IT: The Health and Human Services Department will conduct two surveys to find out more about patient perceptions and preferences for the use of health IT in the course of their healthcare.
- Health insurance companies try to shape rules: Companies are lobbying to ward off strict regulation of premiums and profits under the new health care law.