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The path forward: Improving health equity through data collection, stratification and use - Webconference

December 8, 2021

1 - 2 p.m.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated a renewed focus and commitment of hospitals and health systems to address health equity and eliminate disparities in care. Through the standardized collection and use of race, ethnicity and language data preferences, organizations are able to leverage data and analytics to better understand the unique needs of their patients, identify healthcare disparities and develop patient-centered performance improvement plans to support clinical and community health strategic planning.

During our next webinar, EQIC staff will overview REaL data reports available to assist hospitals improve the systematic and reliable collection of standardized patient demographic data. Best practice guidance and resources shared will support hospital teams to identify priority population(s), design equity-focused quality improvement projects and target interventions to ensure care delivery, services and programs are delivered equitably.

In 2021, Atrium Health was recognized by the American Hospital Association and awarded the Carolyn Boone Lewis Equity of Care Award for their success with applying data with an equity focus in its COVID-19 response. Kinneil Coltman, DHS, Atrium Health’s senior vice president, chief community and social impact officer, will join us to share their system’s REaL data collection transformation journey to: achieve and surpass a 97% collection rate; use rigorous data-driven strategies to identify gaps in clinical outcomes and drive care improvement; and leverage community-based partnerships to improve healthcare utilization.

Learning objectives:

  • describe key strategies for systematically collecting patient REaL data and utilization of comparative data reports to improve data quality and validation;
  • understand how data reporting mechanisms (e.g. equity scorecard or dashboards) can be utilized to track performance indicators and report organizational performance;
  • articulate approaches to optimize health information technology solutions and identify disparities in population health and clinical quality measures; and
  • assess existing staff education and tools to improve standardized data collection processes and tailor training aimed at reducing gaps in care.

EQIC encourages the attendance of: hospital staff responsible for unit-based safety; health equity and diversity community engagement; diversity, equity and inclusion; chief equity officers, including key liaisons; chief nursing officers; chief quality officers; frontline providers and staff; educators; patient safety managers; quality data analytics and quality improvement team members.


Kinneil Coltman, DHS, Senior Vice President, Chief Community and Social Impact Officer, Atrium Health

Alyssa Dahl, MPH, CPH, Senior Director, Advanced Analytics, DataGen, HANYS

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