11 Health Systems Create Diabetes Registry With More Than 1M Patients

Eleven health systems have created a diabetes registry including more than one million patients, which can be used to aid population health management and research, according to a study in CDC's Preventing Chronic Disease journal.

The registry was created through a project called SUrveillance, PREvention, and ManagEment of Diabetes Mellitus, or SUPREME-DM. The project is conducted by 11 integrated health systems, including health plans. The systems include six Kaiser Permanente regions in California, Washington, Hawaii, Colorado and Georgia; HealthPartners in Minnesota; Marshfield (Wis.) Clinic; Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System; Group Health Cooperative in Washington; and Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.

The health systems identified members who had any enrollment from January 2005 through December 2009. They then used indicator variables to estimate the number of people with diabetes. In total, the health systems contributed 1,085,947 diabetes patients to a virtual data warehouse. They used the warehouse to create SUPREME-DM DataLink, a registry that can help healthcare providers conduct research, epidemiologic surveillance, population-based care management studies and clinical trials, according to the study.

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