Clinical Initiatives

Beyond striving to achieve leading outcomes for our patients, DaVita and our physician partners are continuously innovating new programs to raise the standard for kidney care, reduce healthcare costs and improve access to care for all patients—not just our own. DaVita’s Patient-Focused Quality Pyramid provides a strategic framework for developing and executing clinical initiatives that help improve the health-related quality of life for patients.

In 2013, building on a solid foundation of clinical fundamentals, DaVita launched a series of next-generation initiatives to address areas of focus that help improve the health-related quality of life for patients. These comprehensive initiatives include fluid, infection, medication and diabetes management. Find out more about the next-generation initiatives from our clinical leadership.

CathAway helps transition patients from central venous catheters (CVCs) to arteriovenous (AV) fistulas, reducing the risk of hospitalization from infections and blood clots. We have worked with our physician partners and clinical teammates to reduce catheter rates by 46 percent over the last seven years.1

DaVita’s pneumococcal pneumonia and influenza vaccination initiatives are among the best in the industry and help foster a safe environment for patients and the clinical team. In 2013, DaVita vaccinated 92 percent of patients for each.2

IMPACT—or Incident Management of Patients, Actions Centered on Treatment—is DaVita’s comprehensive patient management program designed to focus on patients during the first three months of dialysis to improve outcomes and reduce mortality during this critical time.

1[DaVita internal clinical data, 2007-2013.]
2[DaVita internal clinical data, 2013.]

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