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Israel's national health insurance law ensures universal access to health care via membership in one of four health maintenance organizations. Since 2003, using data from electronic medical records (EMR), the National Quality Indicators program in Community Health care (QICH) has measured processes and outcomes in seven domains including pediatrics, health promotion, diabetes care, cardiovascular health, early detection of cancer, respiratory diseases and geriatrics. Results are disseminated locally and reported to the OECD. The QICH is unique because of its use of population-level data abstracted from the EMR without reliance on surveys or samples. Data from QICH also provide opportunities for population-based research. Dr. Paltiel will discuss how these quality indicators are helping to shape both public health and clinical care in Israel.
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Presenter: Dr. Ora Paltiel
Dr. Ora Paltiel received her bachelor of science from the University of Toronto in 1978, her medical degree from McGill University in 1982 and her master’s of epidemiology/biostatistics from McGill university in 1989. She is an internist, hematologist and epidemiologist currently living in Israel and working at Hadassah-Hebrew University. Besides caring for patients with hematological malignances, she is the Director of the International Masters in Public Health Program, and the Center for Research in Clinical Epidemiology. She is a member of the Directorate of Israel's National Quality Indicators Program. She teaches courses on Clinical Epidemiology, Cancer Epidemiology and Clinical Trials, and her research focuses mainly on cancer epidemiology.
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