Apr 19, 2013
A healthcare startup has developed a tool to help users facing complex procedures determine which providers have the best outcomes to meet their needs. The idea is that by choosing providers with the best track records, it could improve outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.
Konnectology analyzes claims and clinical data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to help users find out which providers have the best outcomes ...
Apr 01, 2012
The American Journal of Transplantation Report (AJT Report) describes how Konnectology and other online resources can help patients find the best kidney transplant center for them. This high stakes decision can be confusing and frustrating especially when dealing with the shock and emotions of needing a complex treatment. The web offers resources that help patients make the best kidney transplant center choice. This article outlines what patients and their physicians need to be aware of and the different offerings of trust worthy websites: from data to user-friendly tools that turn data into helpful insights on transplant centers' success rates.
Mar 06, 2012
A physician may not have more than 15 minutes to discuss your most pressing health issues. So what do you do when you get home and need to make serious choices? Stanford University Professor Stefanos Zenios, the new Editor-in-Chief of the INFORMS journal Operations Research, took a leave of absence to develop a website devoted to patients with kidney disease and other ailments. Listen to him and Dr. Constantia Petrou as they discuss www.konnectology.com, the decision-making website they created for patients with funding from the National Institutes of Health
Dec 13, 2011
A study funded by the National Institute of Health identifies Banner Good Samaritan Hospital as the top kidney transplant center in the United States. The study, performed by a web-based service called Konnectology, studied all 246 kidney transplant centers in the U.S.
Dec 09, 2011
The manuscript by Zenios et al. in this issue of CJASN is the first rigorous comparison of the statistical methods used to estimate patient and graft survival...According to Zenios and colleagues, 33% of all deaths and 29% of all graft failures during the first 3 years after transplantation were attributable to transplant center effect.
Nov 30, 2011
The public reporting of clinical success rates in US transplant centers was intro¬duced in 2001 as a means of incentivizing improvements in the quality of patient care. However, according to a recent study in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, this measure may currently be failing to promote the anticipated improvements in clinical performance.
Jul 09, 2012
Jul 05, 2012