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Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA

Lower Length of Stay and Readmission Rates through Data Analysis

As one of the top children’s hospitals in the country, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) welcomes patients from all over the world, often for medically complex care. The work of the health information team allows for precise digital assessments that drive a proper matching of care and resources. By incorporating and using analytics and electronic medical records, CHOP has lowered its average length of stay by a significant number of days. The hospital has also decreased its readmission rate.

Dedicated teams handle the maintenance of data along with the use of visualization tools. Clinical areas also have their own sub teams that use internal and external data for reporting, benchmarking, and targeted work. As part of these analyses, CHOP developed and maintains a Case Mix Index (CMI) along with disclosures for medical/surgical breakdowns, actual length of stay vs expected, severity of illness, MCC and CC capture, presence on respiratory devices, and case volume.

CHOP has been accredited as a Level 2 Accountable Care Organization by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. CHOP earned this designation because it met the committee’s exacting standards for reduced costs, quality of care, and patient experience.

CHOP Senior Director of Health Information Management Stephen A. Young, RHIA, MBA, MSIS, said the health information team is empowered by an organization that recognizes their resilience and adaptability, as well as the value of AHIMA credentials. “Both AHIMA and CHOP play an important role in delivering high-quality healthcare to patients across the country,” Young said. “The health information professionals at CHOP are an amazing, interdisciplinary team. The vision of Grace Whiting Myers is embedded into our work and we’re honored to receive this award.”

CHOP’s accomplishments truly exemplify the vital role the health information profession contributes to health care. From developing leaders to embracing innovation, the CHOP team models how to connect our profession to the rest of health care.


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