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Dr. John Mattson – Streamlining Postoperative Reporting


Orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Mattson, a consultant to mTuitive OpNote, recently gave an interview to Healthcare Informatics about the benefits of mTuitive OpNote and how his experiences with reporting helped inform OpNote’s development.

Click here to read the whole interview!

November 30, 2010 at 11:05 am Leave a comment

The Whole World Is Watching: The Increasing Importance of Structured Data

One aspect of surgical reporting that is receiving increasing attention is the capturing of quality indicators.  Quality Indicators are usually defined as those elements of caring for patients that can be tracked and used to determine best practices in future patient care.  (A listing of some can be found at this site.)  Capturing how physicians approach each procedure – in terms of medication administered, instructions upon discharge, or methods adopted in treatment – creates a large pool of data for future students/physicians to examine in determining best practices for particular procedures and what effect each part of the patient’s care is having on his/her outcome.

But beyond the improvement of patient care – which is clearly the highest of importance – why else should physicians be aware of quality indicators?  Perhaps physicians should be interested in quality indicators because they are now being used to determine the effectiveness and reputation of the medical facilities where surgeons are working.

As referenced in this DOTmed article, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) – working in conjunction with the Center for Disease Control and Center for Medicare/Medicaid Servics – has created a new website that grades Illinois hospitals, clinics and ambulatory surgery centers.  These grades come from multiple sources of data and are weighed accordingly (for more on the IDPH’s methodology, please visit this page).  No, quality indicators alone aren’t determining the scores for these hospitals and surgicenters – but they are contributing to their reputations and standing within the community.

How are these points of data captured? And how important are they?

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April 20, 2010 at 4:54 pm Leave a comment


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