Celebrating 50 Years of Advancing Knowledge to Improve Health

In 1964, a few visionaries started a small medical research unit in the basement of Bess Kaiser Hospital in Portland, Oregon. As we mark our 50th anniversary, we invite you to join us in celebrating this milestone. In this brief video, you’ll learn about our rich history and our vision for the future, and you’ll meet some of the people whose lives we’ve helped to change. Read more »

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Prescriptions for cardio-protective medications increase when community health centers adopt Kaiser Permanente medication protocol

Most patients with diabetes are at increased risk for heart attack and stroke, and since 2003 Kaiser Permanente physicians have been prescribing cholesterol and blood pressure lowering medications to these high risk patients to try to reduce the risk. Now, Kaiser Permanente is helping community health centers implement this same quality improvement program, known as the ALL protocol. In a new study, researchers show how the program was successfully implemented in these clinics, and how it has increased prescription rates by nearly 40 percent.

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