Using Patient-level Demographic Data to Reduce Health Care Disparities
The American Medical Association (AMA), Chicago Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (CHITREC), and Alliance of Chicago Community Health Services (Alliance) conducted a quality improvement project aimed at improving the accuracy and reliability of race and ethnicity data collection and internal reporting in ambulatory care clinics.
The presentation will describe the collaborative process used to develop and implement a ‘toolkit’ with practical information aimed at improving the collection of patient-level data on race and ethnicity in the EHR of ambulatory care settings. The toolkit provides guidance on best practices to implement a systematic and standardized collection of this data. Accurate and reliable data can then be stratified to identify necessary quality improvement interventions and to ensure equity in health care delivery.
Collaborations between a medical care association, regional extension center and community health centers resulted in more relevant and useful resources to implement a process for systematic and standardized collection of patient-level demographic data for detecting disparities in care.
Learning Areas:Chronic disease management and prevention
Communication and informatics
Diversity and culture
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Social and behavioral sciences
Explain the best practices and highlight barriers to effective implementation of guidelines for categorizing race and ethnicity Discuss the benefits of successful implementation of best practices for race and ethnicity in an ambulatory care clinic
Keyword(s): Health Disparities/Inequities, Data Collection and Surveillance
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I oversee a health disparities program. I also served as the project lead on a quality improvement project aimed at improving the accuracy and reliability of race and ethnicity data collection and internal reporting in ambulatory care clinics.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.