From Data to Information to Action
Hospital discharge data are already being collected (associated with pictures of files).
Hospital discharge data can generate valuable health care information (associated with a picture of data; connects to five additional text boxes):
Box 1—Utilization and costs of care in hospitals.
Box 2—Rates of diseases in particular areas.
Box 3—Quality of care in hospitals.
Box 4—Rates of procedures in particular areas.
Box 5—Preventable hospital stays that indicate breakdowns in care.
Information can be used to make decisions (associated with three pictures of individual people).
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