Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tracking a killer: stroke database

Tracking a killer is part of a plan to improve stroke treatment in Tennessee, the Chattanooga Times Free Press recently reported.

A state stroke database was recently created to help in the battle
of one of Tennessee's leading causes of death. From the article:

A newly created Tennessee stroke database will help improve treatment for one of the state’s leading killers, according to researchers and health advocates.

The stroke registry, created by legislation signed into law in June, will include stroke treatment and outcome data from as many Tennessee hospitals as possible, with an eye to identifying and improving weaknesses in stroke care, said Dr. Patti Vanhook, chairwoman of the stroke registry committee for the state’s stroke task force and assistant professor in the college of nursing at East Tennessee State University.
I'm convinced that technology and tracking trends can really increase recovery rates. Another positive step, if carried through correctly. Tennessee stroke care advocates, stay tuned.

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