Did you know that hospitals use a document called the Chargemaster to determine the prices they charge patients? Neither did we. Typically, data is not something people associate with the healthcare industry, but it’s vitally important to the industry. The healthcare industry needs data to track prices, patients and services. Collecting data in healthcare is crucial for insurance companies, physicians and patients. With the world’s growing population, tracking people and their health is essential to the healthcare infrastructure. Our search has revealed some surprising data sets that the healthcare industry follows. Take a look at the list below at the data sets we found.
Presidents Information Technology Advisory Committee, Revolutionizing Healthcare through Information Technology
This data set looks at the role of information technology within the healthcare industry and tracks the progress of implementing tools into all facets of the system. Adapting more technology, especially those dealing with patient records, can not only save lives but also money! According to one statistic, 17 to 19 percent of people have tests performed without needing them because the doctor can’t access their records. (Beese e al.)
Department of Veterans Affairs, Inpatient Beds
The Department of Veterans Affairs keeps track of how many hospital beds are available for patients. Each VA hospital records the number of beds that are free and tracks this information to help patients settle into a facility. At the VA hospital in Detroit, Michigan, there were 553 beds available in 2014. The bigger the facility, the more beds are available for veterans. Since this data is updated yearly, people can consult the data to see how many beds are free in their area.
California Natural Resources Agency, Registered Nurse Shortage Area
Nurse shortages are a huge problem for California and other states, which is why they are monitoring their workforce. This data helps with recruiting more people into the nursing field and lets medical facilities know how many nurses they need to hire. This data shows what areas of California are in dire need of nurses. Believe it or not, Los Angeles currently has 76,796 nurses for a population of 10,019,365 people!Believe it or not, Los Angeles currently has 76,796 nurses for a population of 10,019,365 people! Click To Tweet
Did you know that the price of a pulmonary heart procedure is $42,869 in Memphis, Tennessee and $16,502 in Jackson, Mississippi? With this data set, people can see the price difference for a hundred common illnesses and procedures. Hospitals can set their own prices and differ substantially in some cases. These prices will surprise you. Just look at your state and compare.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Age-adjusted Death Rates for the Top 10 Leading Causes of Death: United States
The CDC evaluates the number of deaths and what caused them. They publish a weekly report to see what is causing the most deaths in certain age groups. The leading cause of death is actually heart disease followed by cancer, according to the stats. Data like this is necessary for public health awareness. It’s amazing that CDC keeps track of each disease-related death being recorded and uses it to make health campaigns to help the public.
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