Manage Data the Right Way
The emergency treatment of stroke may be the most complex multidisciplinary operation a hospital chooses to undertake. The field of Cardiology faced this challenge two decades ago and solved this problem with Point-Of-Service concurrent data documentation (see Effective Data Management) and the concerted use of registries to enable continuous ongoing Process Improvement. From the standpoint of clinicians, the complicated history, physical exams, and diagnostic studies can be overwhelming. Hospitals are tasked with oversight of not only the well-being of patients, but also the activities of nurses, medical staff and ancillary services. This has stimulated the creation of numerous performance standards and clinical practice guidelines designed to ensure physician and hospital competence and improve patient care. Consequently, hospital accreditation organizations such as the Joint Commission incorporate these guidelines into their own mandates in order to facilitate improvement in the quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
There are also legal and regulatory issues that pertain to patient care and clinical outcomes. It is in the national interest to have efficient high-quality healthcare for the betterment of the population as a whole. Rules and regulations pertaining to both the provision of healthcare (e.g., performance mandates such as “Pay for performance”) as well as patient privacy have been formulated. For these reasons, both medical and regulatory, it is important that hospitals and staff be in compliance with these mandates. To explore compliance requirements further, click any of the buttons to the right.