Data Capture / Validation Consideration

Many of the perioperative information systems available in the market today provide the ability to capture vast amount amounts of data.  Just because you have the functionality, does not necessarily mean you should utilize it! 

Consider the following elements as part of your decision to capture a data element (patient scheduling, clinical documentation, etc.):

  • Are there regulatory requirements requiring the specific data element? 
  • Do I have a good method to obtain the data?
  • Am I confident that the data captured is accurate? 
  • Is there another source for this data that should be utilized instead of the perioperative application? 
  • Is the capture of the specific data element a “sacred cow”? 
  • What reporting can be derived from this data?