Improving Renal Outcomes Collaborative
Partnering with patients who have kidney disease and their families
to improve health, longevity and quality of life.
Did you know that...
Children on dialysis have just 20 years of remaining life expectancy. Those lucky enough to receive a transplanted organ on average die 10-15 years younger than the general population.
Six cardiovascular risk factors recommended by the Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative were assessed only 57 % of the time by physicians at the 8 hospitals in this study.
IROC harnesses the inherent motivation and expertise of all stakeholders to improve care, spawn innovation and conduct research that improves health and outcomes for children with kidney disease.
The Improving Renal Outcomes Collaborative (IROC) is a network-based learning health system of patients and families, clinicians, and researchers from the most advanced pediatric institutions in the country. We work together to solve difficult problems for children with kidney disease by sharing best practices and data regarding care, applying quality improvement methods, and engaging in research to improve health outcomes.
Improvement is Possible
An IROC Hospital's kidney transplant team used quality improvement methods to redesign their clinic processes and medical record systems to proactively support physicians in performance of recommended care.
By developing standardized treatment protocols, measuring and reporting care and outcomes, and supporting clinical decision-making through planned medical visits, the team improved cholesterol control from 63% of patients to over 90% within three years without any new medications.