Why is This Web Site Important? Health Data Forum

Why is This Web Site Important?  Health Data Forum

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Health Data Forum (HDF) is an online workspace allowing clinical registry staff and quality improvement specialists to collaborate.

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Why is This Web Site Important?

You occupy an important spot in healthcare with IT playing an ever increasing role. You are one of the first professional groups tying clinical details from surgical practice into objective, verifiable information. This is the basis for medical informatics. You’re mid-way in age between a younger generation born with electronics and an older pre-computer cohort.

Why is This Web Site Important?

You occupy an important spot in healthcare with IT playing an ever increasing role. You are one of the first professional groups tying clinical details from surgical practice into objective, verifiable information. This is the basis for medical informatics. You’re mid-way in age between a younger generation born with electronics and an older pre-computer cohort.

You set the tone for your profession in terms of poise – how you present yourselves to the world. You are in critical positions bringing forward measures that compare your program with others for payment rates and other decisions. As a group, you are well-positioned.

This web site is a workspace to help you meet your needs. It was built from listening to you. It is meant to connect you with your peers, share information quickly, and work together. The focus is quite specific: data managers, nurses, surgeons, and outcomes staff working with adult cardiac, general thoracic, and congenital cardiac surgery registries. Once registered, use this site to …

Ask your colleagues very specific questions and get timely replies;

Capture and save discussion threads in one place for future reference;

Test each other with coding questions on tricky cases (and send the results upstream);

Update your professional profile and share it with peers across the country;

Look up, contact or work with a regional group or special committee;

Announce a regional group conference call or meeting date;

Post minutes from a call or meeting and attach reference items;

Consider future links to training modules and webinars.

The site uses a social media platform. It is built for collaboration - connect, inform, and convene. I hope to increase my productivity, speed information flows, and make life simpler. Your databases are not going away. Coming together from multiple disciplines, organizations, and geographic settings strengthens your function and makes your job more rewarding. A community of data mangers can be an influence in the broader scheme of things.

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