Tag Archives: clinical data

Analyze this! Administrative claims data or EHR data in health services research?

One of the ongoing debates in health services research concerns the relative merits of using administrative claims data versus electronic health record (EHR) data for research. Should one be preferred over the other? Some question the degree to which administrative claims data continue to be valuable for health services research given the growth of EHR systems. Continue reading

AMIA 2014: RxNorm

Guest blog by Michael Totzke, 3M data analyst.

At the AMIA 2014 convention in Washington D.C., we showcased some of our processes for mapping and maintaining RxNorm drugs into the Healthcare Data Dictionary (HDD). Our poster and podium presentations emphasized the fact that with clinical data, accurate and consistent mapping of terminology standards over successive versions is critical. With the selection of RxNorm as the drug terminology standard required to meet Meaningful Use criteria, it has become necessary for the HDD to maintain RxNorm’s drug data from a longitudinal perspective. Our former process for maintaining RxNorm dealt solely with the mapping of the current version, with limited regard to managing changes in RxNorm’s data over time. However, it’s not just the initial mapping that is important; having a long term strategy for maintaining that terminology within a larger terminology server is crucial for ensuring data quality. Medical terminologies change over time, and there is no algorithm yet that can alone guarantee the level of accuracy required for exchange of clinical data. Continue reading

Healthcare Executives Narrow in on Clinical Data

Last month, 3M Health Information Systems hosted our bi-annual Summit for healthcare executives in Park City, UT. This Summit brings together executives from many of the largest health systems throughout the United States to discuss issues they face and how 3M can help them achieve their organizational goals. It is a wonderful opportunity for peer-to-peer networking and information sharing.

Throughout the three day Summit, a few common themes emerged. When boiling the themes down, it became clear that each theme involved the need for large health systems to acquire, accurately document, organize and finally, fully utilize clinical data. Continue reading