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See how screening led to early detection of breast cancer for Geborah Goldberger, PhD

Prevention — the most powerful treatment

What’s the best way to fight a serious illness? Stop it from happening in the first place. Great specialty care starts with proactive primary care. Prevention is the first line of defense — the foundation for a long and healthy life.


3 elements of industry-leading prevention

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You’re busy — with work, family, and life. When you’re a Kaiser Permanente member, it’s not your job to keep track of what kind of care you need. It’s ours. Your electronic health record triggers reminders for screenings. Your care team can see a complete picture of your health at every visit. Getting care feels easier, moves faster, and everything gets documented along the way. All because everyone — and everything — works together.

Industry-leading prevention in action

A leader in cancer screenings1

Screening rates in 2018

Healthier outcomes for heart disease and stroke patients2

Decline in deaths 2000-2015

Leading the nation in controlling high blood pressure3

Patient rates in 2018

Working to advance preventive care

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Optimizing cancer screening for all

We’re exploring how to screen for cancer most effectively and consistently across different settings, so all communities can receive the greatest benefit. Funded by the National Cancer Institute, this project brings multiple health systems together to address the preventive care disparities that contribute to poorer cancer outcomes among certain populations. Together, we’ll figure out how all people can get effective, consistent cancer screenings, regardless of who they are, where they live, or their income level.

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Exploring the connection between genes, environment, and health

The Kaiser Permanente Research Bank is one of the largest research projects in the U.S. The program focuses on understanding how genetic and environmental factors affect health and disease — with the goal of developing more effective preventive care measures, and better treatments and cures.

  1. 1 Kaiser Permanente 2018 HEDIS® scores. Benchmarks provided by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Quality Compass® and represent commercial health plans. Kaiser Permanente combined region scores were provided by the Kaiser Permanente Department of Care and Service Quality. The source for data contained in this publication is Quality Compass 2018 and is used with the permission of NCQA. Quality Compass 2018 includes certain CAHPS data. Any data display, analysis, interpretation, or conclusion based on these data is solely that of the authors, and NCQA specifically disclaims responsibility for any such display, analysis, interpretation, or conclusion. Quality Compass® and HEDIS® are registered trademarks of NCQA. CAHPS® is a registered trademark of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

  2. 2 Sidney, et al. “Comparative Trends in Heart Disease, Stroke, and All-Cause Mortality in the United States and a Large Integrated Healthcare Delivery System,” The American Journal of Medicine, July 2018. Northern California members ages 45 to 65

  3. 3 See note 1.