In 2010, Clalit Health Services, Israel’s largest integrated provider-payer health system established the Clalit Research Institute. The Clalit Research Institute’s mission is to turn data into decision-making insights that can be translated into policies for transforming healthcare delivery and clinical practice.
For more than one hundred years, Clalit Health Services has been Israel’s leading and largest healthcare organization. Today it serves as a non-profit integrated care organization for over four million patients, which is more than half of the country’s population. With universal healthcare coverage in Israel, most Clalit members remain covered by the organization for their entire lives (>95% five year retention). Clalit owns and operates 1,500 primary care clinics and 14 hospitals, including 30% of Israel’s hospital acute care beds, and employs nearly 35,000 doctors, nurses, pharmacists, paramedics, technicians, and administrators.
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Clalit has also established an integrated electronic health records (EHR) database, comprised of comprehensive clinical and administrative data since 2000, and some records dating back to the early 1990s. The Clalit Research Institute accesses the database to conduct research that addresses population-level health issues that have an impact on, or relevance for, the members receiving care in Clalit.
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Tools developed by the Clalit Research Institute have enabled innovative clinical interventions and a shift in the focus of care on preventative and proactive initiatives. The goal is to move from reactive, therapeutic care to proactive, preventive care, and to replace a paternalistic paradigm with participatory and patient-centered care delivery.
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At the Clalit Research Institute, we believe that the availability and intelligent integrated use of EHR‐based clinical data is a key driving force and prerequisite to support organizational and clinical decision-making.