Enhance Data Collection for Hospital Discharge Databases


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AHRQ Grantees Describe How To Enhance Data Collection for Hospital Discharge Databases

A special issue of Health Services Research features the challenges and lessons learned among AHRQ grantees seeking to enhance the clinical content and ethnic/racial data collection for their statewide hospital discharge databases. “Enhancing Statewide Hospital Discharge Databases: Improving Race, Ethnicity and Clinical Data” was published August 1.

Five States (Florida, Hawaii, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York) received grants to expand the clinical content of their databases while two states/one region (California, New Mexico, the Northwest) used funding to improve racial/ethnicity data collection. An overview of the grant projects is available here.

AHRQ developed two toolkits – Clinical Content Enhancement Toolkit; and, Race and Ethnicity Data Improvement Toolkit – that describe how the grantees sought to improve data collection. The toolkits are designed to assist statewide data organizations in collecting hospital administrative data, such as those participating in AHRQ’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project.