Using utilization review information to improve hospital efficiency
UMass Chan AffiliationsDepartment of Quantitative Health Sciences
Document TypeJournal Article
Health Services Misuse
Hospital Bed Capacity, 500 and over
*Hospital Information Systems
Medical Staff, Hospital
Professional Staff Committees
Health Services Research
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AbstractHospitals are currently under great pressure to improve the efficiency of internal operations without sacrificing quality of care. In the rush to do this, they often overlook an extremely useful source of information that already exists--data routinely collected as part of the utilization review (UR) process. This article describes a system using UR data for management purposes that was developed in a large urban teaching hospital. The components described are: (1) data collected systematically by trained reviewers applying the Appropriateness Evaluation Protocol; (2) software for data collection using inexpensive, highly portable computers; and (3) formats for reporting UR findings to hospital administrators and physicians. Information derived from UR in the study hospital is discussed, as well as factors to be considered in adapting some or all of the system's components in other hospitals.
SourceHosp Health Serv Adm. 1991 Winter;36(4):473-90.
Permanent Link to this Itemhttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14038/47492
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