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Kansas City area collaboration focuses on health data and research improvements

Truman Medical Centers is teaming with Cerner and the University of Missouri-Kansas City to collect and analyze patient health information to improve medical research, treatments and preventive care.
Truman Medical Centers is teaming with Cerner and the University of Missouri-Kansas City to collect and analyze patient health information to improve medical research, treatments and preventive care. The Kansas City Star

A new project aims to use aggregate patient data to understand health conditions in the Kansas City area, identify research needs and improve care.

The collaboration will allow researchers at UMKC’s Center for Health Insights to use practical information from Truman Medical Centers coupled with Cerner Corp.’s health informatics software and other national health data.

“With our large, diverse patient base, we offer a vast array of varying health data,” said Charlie Shields, Truman’s chief executive. “The long-term goal is to provide all patients better care with better outcomes at a lower cost.”

The data collection doesn’t identify individual patients. Rather, it gathers and analyzes aggregate conditions and outcomes.

Mark Hoffman, director of the University of Missouri-Kansas City center, said the collaboration is expected to improve medical research and patient care in Kansas City.

| Diane Stafford, stafford@kcstar.com

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