The Role of Data Collection Standards for Race, Ethnicity, Sex, Primary Language, and Disability Status
In this installment of our Terminology Standards series, we will explore the growing need for accurate tracking of patient demographics, evolving industry standards, and additional best practice steps for ensuring data is complete.
At a high level, healthcare industry movements aim to improve care delivery across regions and groups by assessing such quality indicators as barriers to access, health disparities, and the performance of community safety nets. Yet, obtaining meaningful data to measure these factors has proved daunting. As such, there is increasing interest in examining "administrative" data housed in computerized records and billing processes.