The research uses information in electronic health records of patients, using data like demographics, medical history, lifestyle choices and medication to find commonalities and links that may have played a role in heart failure, said Matthew Van Stone, a spokesman for Geisinger.
"By identifying those links it's our hope we can identify those patients at risk earlier and begin a course of treatment sooner," Van Stone
The patients Geisinger will be looking at are those that saw a Geisinger Primary Care physician and suffered a heart failure.
The research will be done at the Geisinger Medical Research Center
in Danville, but patients from throughout Geisinger's territory, including Luzerne County, will be used.
Twenty-six primary care physicians practice in Luzerne County, Van Stone