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A Framework for Aligning Data from Multiple Institutions to Conduct Meaningful Analytics

Authors: {'first_name': 'Jay', 'last_name': 'Knowlton'},{'first_name': 'Tom', 'last_name': 'Belnap'},{'first_name': 'Bonnie', 'last_name': 'Patelesio'},{'first_name': 'Elisa L.', 'last_name': 'Priest'},{'first_name': 'Friedrich', 'last_name': 'von Recklinghausen'},{'first_name': 'Andreas H.', 'last_name': 'Taenzer'}


Introduction: Health systems can be supported by collaborative networks focused on data sharing and comparative analytics to identify and rapidly disseminate promising care practices. Standardized data collection, quality assessment, and cleansing is a necessary process to facilitate meaningful analytics for operations, quality improvement, and research. We developed a framework for aligning data from health care delivery systems using the High Value Healthcare Collaborative central registry.

Framework: The centralized data registry model allows for multiple layers of data quality assessment. Our framework uses an iterative approach, starting with clear specifications, maintaining ongoing dialogue with diverse stakeholders, and regular checkpoints to assess data conformance, completeness, and plausibility. 

Lessons Learned: We found that an iterative communication process is critical for a central registry to ensure: 1) clarity of data specifications, 2) appropriate data quality, and 3) thorough understanding of data source, purpose, and context. Engaging teams from all participating institutions and incorporating diverse stakeholders of clinicians, information technologists, data analysts, operations managers, and health services researchers in all decision making processes supports development of high quality datasets for comparative analytics across multiple institutions.

Conclusion: A standard data specification and submission process alone does not guarantee aligned data for a collaborative registry. Implementing an iterative data quality improvement framework with extensive communication proved to be effective for aligning data from multiple institutions to support meaningful analytics.

Keywords: MethodsInformaticsLearning Health System 

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