Web-Based Interventions Can Improve Parents’ Attitudes About Benefits of Vaccination

DENVER — Providing parents accurate clinical information about vaccines through a website, and providing access to vaccine experts can help improve parents’ attitudes about vaccinating their children, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The 1,093 study participants, who were recruited during pregnancy, were randomly assigned to one of three study groups: website with vaccine information and interactive social media components (or VSM); website with vaccine information only (or VI); or usual care only (UC).

The study team created a website that presented easy-to-understand information on the risks and benefits of vaccination, recommended vaccination schedules, vaccine ingredients and vaccine laws. The investigators also built an interactive social media component within the website that included an expert-moderated blog, discussion forum, chat room and an “Ask a Question” portal where parents could ask experts questions about vaccines. Continue reading

Kaiser Permanente joins Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation Partnerships Program

OAKLAND, Calif., and WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Together, the Veterans Health Administration and Kaiser Permanente provide care and service to nearly 18 million Americans. Today the two organizations announced they will pool resources and ideas to solve some of the largest and most complex challenges in health care.

As part of the Veterans Affairs Center of Innovation Partnership Program, the two organizations will research and share best practices in four specific areas: Continue reading

Kaiser Permanente Wins Six Awards for Digital Excellence

OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Kaiser Permanente, which operates both health care providers and not-for-profit health plans, announced that they have received six prestigious awards recognizing its use of digital tools to engage consumers in managing their health care and to enable employees to deliver high quality care.

The health care organization says it has won five 2013 eHealthcare Leadership awards, including the highest honor for Organizational Commitment, and the 2013 Hospital Website Transparency Award with Distinction, selected by the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission and The Leapfrog Group. – See the full story at PR Newswire.com.