This is the "blog site" of the National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO). The purpose of this site is to highlight events and trends that we hope are of interest to the health data community which includes our members that collect and report health care data and the users of the public and research data that our members make available.
NAHDO’s 32nd Meeting is a Wrap!
Thanks to all of the speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees who made NAHDO's 32nd Annual Meeting a success. I felt the energy and passion attendees brought to this meeting and I believe the public reporting momentum will continue, even accelerate over the next year or two.
This meeting brought together the "health care data braintrust"--the Who's Who of the health data community.
This year’s special topic workshops were well-received:
•The Analytic Interoperability workshop, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, featured real-life examples of how states are using data analytics to demonstrate value in their data collection efforts.
•A workshop on 42 CFR Part 2 provided a deep dive into the new federal rule and highlighted the need for standardization and transparency in the redaction of Substance Abuse Claims and explored options for state access to Part 2 data for research and policy.
While APCDs are advancing in analytic capacity, we want to underscore the importance of hospital discharge data bases, especially now. These facility reporting systems are supporting population and quality information and are a critical part of the health data eco-system.
A Data Quality Roundtable discussion was lively and led to a call for a NAHDO Data Quality Forum. A consumer session presented recent consumer research findings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Without information that is understandable and accessible, consumers lose trust in the health care system which results in poorer outcomes.
During 2018, we can expect continued APCD momentum and new focus on issues related to hospital data collection and use. Join us in our efforts to promote standardization, public reporting on price and quality, and filling data gaps.