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Hu Z, Melton GB, Arsoniadis EG
Strategies for handling missing clinical data for automated surgical site infection detection from the electronic health record.
Proper handling of missing data is important for many secondary uses of electronic health record (EHR) data. Data imputation methods can be used to handle missing data, but their use for postoperative complication detection is unclear. Overall, models with missing data imputation almost always outperformed reference models without imputation that included only cases with complete data for detection of SSI overall achieving very good average area under the curve values.
Citation: Hu Z, Melton GB, Arsoniadis EG . Strategies for handling missing clinical data for automated surgical site infection detection from the electronic health record. J Biomed Inform 2017 Apr;68:112-20. doi: 10.1016/j.jbi.2017.03.009.
Keywords: Data, Electronic Health Records (EHRs), Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs), Registries, Surgery, Injuries and Wounds, Health Information Technology (HIT), Quality Improvement, Quality of Care, Adverse Events
Warren DK, Nickel KB, Wallace AE
Can additional information be obtained from claims data to support surgical site infection diagnosis codes?
The authors sought to confirm a claims algorithm to identify surgical site infections (SSIs) by examining the presence of clinically expected SSI treatment. They found that over 94% of patients identified by their claims algorithm as having an SSI received clinically expected treatment for infection, including antibiotics, surgical treatment, and culture, suggesting that this algorithm has very good positive predictive value. They concluded that their method may facilitate retrospective SSI surveillance and comparison of SSI rates across facilities and providers.
Citation: Warren DK, Nickel KB, Wallace AE . Can additional information be obtained from claims data to support surgical site infection diagnosis codes? Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2014 Oct;35 Suppl 3:S124-32. doi: 10.1086/677830.
Keywords: Data, Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs), Patient Safety, Surgery, Injuries and Wounds, Adverse Events