City health database led to less smokers, healthier New Yorkers: Mayor
The city's bill of health is getting much better, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The mayor and health department released updates statistics Thursday from its Primary Care Information Project, which gives doctors a universal database that provides a patient's health information and history.
Since the program launched in 2005 at 3,200 primary care providers, 58,000 smokers quit their habit, 96,000 patients reduced their high blood pressure, 81,000 New Yorkers improved their diabetes management.
"The development and expanded use of electronic health records has given doctors the tools to improve both the length and quality of New Yorkers' lives and it is rewarding to see the program become a national model," the mayor said in a statement.
Lisa Young, a nutritionist and adjunct faculty member of public health at NYU, said the database is becoming an important component in t he health world because it allows physicians to meet proactively their patients' needs.
"If you have patients with heart disease and they're reminded to take the medicine, that helps," she said.