ACS Collector

ACS Collector

Acute Care Surgery (ACS) patients utilize and challenge nearly all phases of acute care and undergo a different spectrum of procedures than elective patients. DI’s ACS Registry enables hospitals to analyze and compare the outcomes of these emergency patients with those from global (often elective) surgeries; and to help identify, target, and expedite interventions.

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Performance Improvement

DI’s ACS Collector(TM) facilitates not only the collection of data, but also consistency in the data collected which forms the foundation for quality assurance and PI initiatives. When data for ACS patients are collected into a structured database, a robust PI program can be developed. Using all patient records as a baseline also eliminates the inherent weaknesses of sampling methodologies, which do not track most patients who actually undergo a surgical procedure at a particular hospital. Use of the ACS Collector for Performance Improvement provides:

  • Tracking of timeliness and quality of care; opportunities for improvement at all levels (provider, service line, institution, system)
  • The creation and refinement of internal and external benchmarking criteria at a multi-center level
  • Determinination of risk-adjusted outcomes
  • Creation of evidence-based clinical management guidelines
  • Assistance with the evaluation of the utilization of surgeons within the hospital as well ensuring that their performance is monitored

Research

DI’s ACS Registry provides tremendous support for research needs such as:

  • Achieving a more sophisticated understanding of ACS population, decision-making and outcomes
  • Retrieving descriptive statistics of an ACS patient population, including demographics, referral patterns, diagnoses, conditions present on admission and acquired, LOS, etc.
  • Tracking all procedures performed by surgeons and non-surgeons (Interventional Radiology, Gastroenterology, etc.)
  • Collecting data to allow for financial savings based on avoidable complications, excessive days in the hospital and other related items

Data Collection Features

  • Easy-to-use, intuitive data entry module
  • Minimal training necessary for novice or expert users
  • Integrated data checking and verification system ensures data accuracy, completeness and consistency
  • Data entry screens logically group related data fields
  • Robust query building tools enable searches for records using any given data field or subset

Powerful Reporting Tools

  • Use easy-to-define vocabulary words to select built-in reports and queries quickly and simply
  • Reporting tools are simple to use, intuitive and logical
  • Reports can be run on the entire database or on any selected subset of records
  • Users can define their own vocabulary to create and reuse custom reports
  • Easily define, save and reuse queries for specific patient groups, procedures, complications or other selected data points
  • Generate thousands of reports using the DI Report Writer’s “mix and match” capabilities

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