Kansas University Hospital will lead a team that received a $12.5 million, three-year federal grant to reduce deaths from heart attacks and strokes by 20 percent in western Kansas.
The program will use tele-health technology, health data exchanges, preventive health screening and care management to keep patients healthier and closer to home.
Barbara MacArthur, vice president for cardiac services at KU Hospital, noted that in 2011, 5,321 Kansans died of heart disease and 1,333 Kansans died of cerebrovascular diseases.
"The highest mortality rates were in rural communities. Many deaths and long term disabilities of heart disease and stroke can be prevented if the right standards of medical care are accessed immediately. Under this program, hospitals working together can provide a continuum of high quality care with much better outcomes," MacArthur said.
KU Hospital will work with Hays Medical Center and 10 critical access hospitals and rural primary care providers serving western Kansas.