HEART OF THE MATTER"
a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA)
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Guest: Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, fmr. Asst. Surgeon Genl, President, Prudential Health Care Research Center, Atlanta
Topic: HMOs in research
Host/Producer: Steve Girard
NEMA: HMOs in research...coming up...
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NEMA: Health care giant Prudential has gotten heavily into research over the last few years...this is Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, the former Assistant Surgeon General who heads the companys research center in Atlanta..
KOPLAN: Well tend to pick things like heart disease, diabetes, childhood immunizations. And we also pick subjects where we can do something about a perceived barrier or problem, so as to improve health care.
NEMA: Koplan says Prudential researchers are looking into low back pain with the University of Washington, mammography with Duke...
KOPLAN: Some of the work weve been doing on immunizations with the Centers for Disease Control is very exciting to me. Im interested in prevention, and weve found that through some of our studies, weve been able to markedly increase immunization levels in some of our plans, and were seeking to broaden that and disseminate it both in our own health plans, but also in the broader population.
NEMA: Dr. Koplan believe the better health maintenance organizations will all soon be heavy into research that gauges the way we understand and implement their services. Im Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.