Laboratory Data Toolkit
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is committed to improving health care safety and quality and generating the knowledge and tools to achieve measureable improvements in health care through evidence-based decision-making. The tools provided on this website demonstrate how to combine hospital discharge data with the clinical content contained in laboratory results to enhance the value of administrative data.
In 2007, AHRQ funded three Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Partner Pilot Projects and one Planning Project to build upon the value of the newly collected POA indicator in administrative data sets and to explore the benefits of adding specific laboratory data. The inclusion of laboratory data—such as chemical, blood gas, and hematology readings—with administrative databases has been shown to provide more accurate risk-adjustments and better measures of patient safety events and health care outcomes. The Laboratory Data Toolkit provides a comprehensive set of materials needed for adding laboratory results to hospital administrative data that were assembled during the course of the AHRQ Pilot and Planning contracts or identified by other Partners to assist others with enhancing the clinical content of administrative data.
The Laboratory Data Toolkit is targeted to state data organizations, such as HCUP Partners, who collect statewide hospital administrative data, as well as to the individual hospitals interested in collecting laboratory data and applying it to administrative data. These resources include materials for educating data organizations and stakeholders in the initial stages of adding clinical information, building the business case for collecting laboratory data, and surveys that gauge hospital readiness and resources.
Toolkit Editor's Note: Although information and links within this Toolkit were current during the course of the project and are periodically updated, content may occasionally change.
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Laboratory Data Toolkit Sections
Laboratory Data Toolkit | Laboratory Data Toolkit - Background | Pilot & Planning Projects | Projects in Progress|
Initiation Tools | Planning Tools | Communication Tools | Training Tools | Data Standards, Collection, and Transmission Tools | Feedback and Reporting Tools
|Internet Citation: Enhancing the Clinical Content of Administrative Data - Laboratory Data Toolkit Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). August 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/datainnovations/clinicaldata/lvtoolkit.jsp.|
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