National EMSC Data Analysis Resource Center
People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other.
-Martin Luther King Jr.
Besides reporting your performance measures data to HRSA, what else can you do with it? Anything? Of course! Keep the following in mind:
The performance measures represent key aspects of pediatric emergency medical care infrastructure. The purpose of gathering initial data is to measure the baseline and then make improvements where deficiencies exist. If you do nothing to address these deficit areas after gathering baseline data, there is little reason to believe the numbers will be any different next year!
So, at a minimum you want to use the data to develop a strategic plan to address those areas in which you feel you have the greatest chance of making progress. In 2012, NEDARC offered a workshop called Identifying Opportunities to Improve Performance Measure Results. The workshop materials are available for downloading from the NEDARC website.
You have had to work with numerous people in your state to gather information for these measures, especially if you have conducted surveys to provider groups. These parties are interested in the results of all this data collection and effort to achieve compliance with the measures, so share the results with them as well as any other groups such as partner organizations and policymakers.
Sharing results in the form of reports, fact sheets, charts and graphs, and in other ways will help highlight the issues and generate support for making progress in the measures, and may also help individual provider groups in benchmarking their own performance and activities. NEDARC has taught workshops on how to make dissemination materials and how to create effective tables and graphs. These workshop materials are available for download.
NEDARC taught a workshop during 2011 called Jump Start Your PM Data Dissemination. The materials are available for download.
You’ve done all the work to collect the data. Now it’s time to communicate your findings to others! The end goal of the performance measures is to ensure long-term progress at both state and national levels of the EMSC program. To ensure this progress, you need to communicate your findings.
Some performance measure areas may lend themselves to further research and analysis.
For example, studying the differences in transfer times and patterns and patient outcomes between hospitals who have pediatric inter-facility transfer agreements and guidelines and those who don’t might be very revealing.
Or, evaluating treatment patterns for those patients seen by EMS providers with on-line medical direction and those without might highlight the need for having more comprehensive availability of on-line medical direction.
Remember that providing HRSA with baseline and annual data for the performance measures is only one aspect of the process. More can and should be done to use the data to generate support for making improvements where deficiencies exist.
Register for one of NEDARC's "Disseminating Findings" workshops
Disseminating thank you letters
Register for NEDARC's "Qualitiy Improvement " workshop