Kanter Health | The Joseph H. Kanter Family Foundation is a non-profit organization located in Los Angeles, CA, Miami, FL, and Washington, DC. We are working toward a National Health Outcomes Research Data Sharing Network, to empower patients and clinicians, and help citizens of America, and the World, make better-informed treatment decisions. We will know “what works best in every disease”.
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Kanter Health | The Joseph H. Kanter Family Foundation (KFF), is a nonprofit patient activist organization founded by Mr. Kanter, aims to effectuate a health system that leverages the power of health information technology (HIT) and electronic health records (EHRs) to learn from real-world patient experiences by putting patients at its center. KFF envisions a health system in which EHRs enable us to capture patients’ experiences over time with the health system. In this vision, it will ultimately be possible to aggregate and query anonymous data from millions of EHRs so that we can learn from the collective experiences of millions of patients, to empower all of us to make better, more informed health decisions. The research derived from this data will not replace clinicians’ medical expertise derived from years of training and experience, nor will it replace findings from randomized clinical trial studies or any other resource available to patients today. Rather, it will serve as a complement; one more tool that will enable medical researchers to conduct research in novel ways on real-world datasets of unprecedented scale, and that will empower patients and their clinicians to collaboratively make better informed personalized medical decisions based on real-world data regarding “what works best” for specific patients and diseases. Patients will ultimately be able to ask which treatments worked best for patients like them in the real world, and utilize this outcomes information to make better informed health decisions. Simply as a byproduct of delivering care, this learning/teaching health system will be able to learn from patients, for the ultimate benefit of patients.
The magic and potential of EHRs is that they may permit us to capture and learn from the collective experiences of millions of patients with the healthcare system. There are over six and a half billion people living in the world today, all of whom will get sick, virtually all of whom will receive some sort of formal or informal care, and all of whom will eventually die of something. Yet of all of these billions of people and all of the countless billions who lived and died before us, only a small fraction have been empowered, through participation as subjects in randomized clinical trials and other such research, to contribute their personal experiences with health and healthcare to the body of scientific knowledge in the fields of medicine and public health. Through capturing the experiences of millions of patients throughout their lives, EHRs potentially enable a new way for everyone to (anonymously) contribute to this body of knowledge simply as a byproduct of receiving care, while simultaneously empowering each of us to benefit from this collective data to make better informed health decisions.
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While other organizations and corporations today are now interested in the concept of learning healthcare, several attributes make KFF unique. KFF is a nonprofit organization founded by a cancer survivor turned patient activist, stemming from his own experiences and frustrations as a patient. As perhaps the longest standing organization dedicated to advocating for a learning health system (for almost two decades), KFF aims to be the voice of patients in effectuating a learning health system, and is likely the only organization approaching the area of outcomes research and learning healthcare from a patient perspective. Whereas other organizations are seeking private gains through learning from millions of EHRs capturing millions of patients’ experiences, KFF envisions the anonymized data and lessons learned from it as a public good, intended to advance the body of medical knowledge from which we can all learn, and intended to ultimately benefit patients and society at large. Effectuating such a learning/teaching health system for the public trust, that current and future generations will be empowered to contribute (their anonymized health data) to and to learn from, is the “legacy” that the Joseph H. Kanter Family Foundation and Health Legacy Partnership aims to leave, for the benefit of society.
time does not heal all wounds
As many as 4 out of 5 doctors recommendations are anecdotal–not scientifically-based. Congress has passed new laws on health care reform to include billions of dollars to create personal electronic medical records for every individual. Presidents Bush and Obama have issued statements that all citizens should have electronic medical records from birth to death that can be used to collect health outcomes research on “what works best on every disease”.
200,000 lives will be lost this year in the United States as a result of errors in medication.
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There are so many ways to invest in what we’re working to accomplish, but the most important way is by sharing this website with EVERYONE you know. This is an enormous effort, and we just can’t do this alone. The more people involved, the quicker we gain the results needed to help save lives. It could be the life of a friend, a family member, or a loved one… But the truth is, the life you save MAY BE YOUR OWN!
What is needed, now, is a concerted multi-stakeholder effort to put the entire nation on a coordinated forward trajectory.
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Every 5 minutes in America approximately six people will die of heart disease, another five will die of cancer, and another one of a preventable medical mistake in a hospital. Two women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and at least one is likely to receive a treatment that will not work for her. Our healthcare system will waste $7 million in that same time.
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This is an advocacy toward our mission statement to create a “Learning Health System” (LHS) will enable data to be rapidly mobilized, continuously analyzed—and the results subsequently shared—to improve health care quality, empower public health and biomedical research, and enable clinicians and patients to collaboratively make better-informed health decisions by having scientific data of what works best in every disease. The book builds upon and is a natural progression from the work we have done together over the years to generate strong bipartisan support for the concept and vision of a Learning Health System.
About The Author
Joseph H. Kanter, a successful self-made businessman and leader of philanthropic efforts throughout the United States, is a longtime supporter of efforts to improve public health. Founder and Chairman of the Joseph H. Kanter Family Foundation, Mr. Kanter was born in Tarrant, Alabama. He fought for our country in World War II.
After working to construct housing for his fellow veterans, Mr. Kanter ultimately built successful businesses in “New Town” Construction, Real Estate Development, Banking, and Movie Production. He married Nancy Reed in 1953; they have four grown children and five grandchildren. The Kanters live in Miami, Florida, and they maintain a second home in Los Angeles, California.