June 13, 2014


Using ALL Data

Rich Umbdenstock, AHA President and CEO

Nearly all hospitals are now collecting race, ethnicity and language-preference data about patients; 22 percent report putting that data to work. That’s one of the findings from the Institute for Diversity in Health Management’s just-released biennial survey, “Diversity and Disparities: A Benchmarking Study of U.S. Hospitals.” Only if we overlay the demographic data we collect against the services we provide and the outcomes we achieve can we spot and address disparities in care. Analyzing your quality data by your demographic data has tremendous potential in improving clinical quality, reducing readmissions and eliminating disparities. As organizations focus on disparities, they see diversity in leadership and perspective as an asset in unlocking medical mysteries. Putting all available data to work is critical to developing best practices for our unique communities.

Thanks,
Rich

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