Presentation on Data Collection for Healthcare QA/QI in Chronic Disease

Quality improvement and assurance departments in healthcare do many functions all at once, including monitoring and research

My presentation on data collection on chronic disease patients for healthcare quality assurance and quality improvement went over well at the 4th World Heart and Brain Conference, which was held virtually on August 27, 2021. I’m posting a video I prepared of my presentation.

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A Few More Words about on Presentation about Data Collection

My good colleague on LinkedIn Zewdie Mulissa alerted me to a project he did using the PDSA which resulted in a publication. I asked him a few questions about how he implemented the PDSA. Here are a few salient points:

  • Data Sources: He told me they only used administrative data that had been cleaned up. They did NOT have a research protocol they put through the IRB or ethics board, or gather any prospective data from anyone.
  • Goal of the project: They were developing systemwide metrics using the cross-platform administrative data. They were working out ways to operationalize measurements of the healthcare system’s function using the data.

So in a way, this effort punctuates the points I made in the video. It is not really possible to do cross-subsystem studies using the PDSA where you really get into the weeds of what is wrong, and how to fix it. I’m impressed that a publication came out, but notice that these are the metrics reported in the abstract:

  • 212 managers were trained in the PDSA
  • 4 prototype improvement collaboratives were completed
  • 102 change ideas were tested
  • A change package was developed with 83 successfully-tested ideas

I’ll be honest – if I can fix a few metrics in your health system in a year, I’ll throw a party. This idea that you can package up and deploy 83 successfully-tested ideas to improve your healthcare system seems fanciful – especially considering the greatest beneficiary of the PDSA – the US healthcare system. And training 212 managers and testing 102 change ideas sounds like a waste of money. Like I said, if I can help you all get through a few research protocols a year, we’d all be pretty satisfied, I believe.

Watch a video of my presentation on data collection from chronic disease patients for healthcare quality control and quality improvement – and download the slides!

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