Whole-Patient Measure of Safety: Using Administrative Data to Assess the Probability of Highly Undesirable Events During Hospitalization

Source:  Journal for Healthcare Quality vol/iss 35/5, pp. 20-31

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Date of publication:  September/October 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This article looks at a new model that uses administrative data to gauge the safety of care in hospitals. The model uses a set of highly undesirable events (HUEs) defined using administrative data. It can be customized to address the priorities and needs of different users. With administrative and clinical datasets becoming more consistent, it is possible to use administrative data to compare the rates of HUEs across organizations and to identify opportunities for improvement.

Length of Publication:  12 pages

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