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  • OS10 - Disease and Clinical Management with Technology (ID 16)

    • Event: e-Health 2017 Virtual Meeting
    • Type: Oral Session
    • Track: Clinical and Executive
    • Presentations: 1
    • Coordinates: 6/06/2017, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Room 205B
    • OS10.04 - NephroPort™: Innovative Partnership for Automation of Renal Data Reporting (ID 307)

      Helen Chen, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo; Waterloo/CA

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      Purpose/Objectives: Missing or erroneous data not only compromise patient care and quality improvement initiatives, but also lead to significant revenue lose for care providers. Increased pressure for data reporting and data accuracy to substantiate and generate contingent funding is taxing already resource-strapped healthcare organizations, and highlighting the need for access to data, and HIT interoperability. We present the joint development of NephroPort™, an automatic data quality and reporting software between Grand River Hospital and the University of Waterloo. Advantages and challenges facing medium-sized community hospitals in fostering and sustaining innovation with academic partners are also discussed.

      Methodology/Approach: All renal programs in Ontario are required to report patient and administrate data through the Ontario Renal Reporting System (ORRS). Manual data entry into ORRS was the only option to report data until 2015, when an interface for uploading batch files was made available. The project was established based on a strategic partnership agreement between Grand River Hospital and the University of Waterloo. Agile development methodology Scrum is used throughout the project. NephroPort™ software is developed as a result of this close collaboration. It is a web-based data extraction, validation and reporting system. Data completeness and accuracy were assessed at the baseline, and assessed again 6 months post implementation. <img alt="nephro - nephrport.png" annotation="" id="image://52" src="" title="nephro - nephrport.png" />

      Finding/Results: At baseline, only 45% of required data elements were captured in the renal program's patient management system (source). Post deployment assessment shows an increase of data capture to 95% of the mandatory ORRS data in the source system and the time for data entry is reduced 70%. NephroPort™ enables the renal program to identify data quality issues on a daily basis and corrections can be made in the source system immediately. This project has led to new collaborative projects and research activities between the development partners.

      Conclusion/Implication/Recommendations: NephroPort™ brings efficiency, accuracy and cost savings to the renal program. To address the demand for high quality data, medium-sized hospitals increasingly seek to automate data input and reporting. However affordable and appropriate off-the-shelf solutions for specific reporting needs, often involve high variable data extraction mechanisms and validation logic that depend on hospital business rules and source data systems. Academic-health system partnerships that provide experiential learning opportunities for students and address real-world problems are a win-win for hospitals and the system. However, the benefits of job-ready graduates must be balanced against the absence of receptor capacity for risk assessment and sustainability of software outputs.

      140 Character Summary: NephroPort™ is an automatic renal data reporting software jointly developed via partnership between the University of Waterloo and the Grand River Hospital.

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