Journal article

Australian hospital data: not just for funding

Jude L Michel, Terri J Jackson

Health Information Management | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2009

Abstract

Collections of routine, or 'administrative', hospital data have many applications in health care and are now recognised as valuable sources of information. In recent decades, administrative data have been seen primarily as funding and billing tools to assist with the reimbursement of hospitals for services provided; this purpose remains the primary focus of the clinical coder workforce. More recently, hospital data have been recognised as valuable resources for a range of health system improvement processes beyond funding. The focus of this paper is to review and demonstrate the diverse uses of administrative data in health services research and quality improvement. By gaining an understandi..

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