Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), hospitals will be required to submit ED data or be financially penalized through significantly reduced reimbursements. States are also required to develop Health Information Exchanges (HIEs). Under the ACA, DOH has employed the ESSENCE system for syndromic surveillance purposes and compliance with ACA. Currently 34 hospitals are submitting ED data to DOH. This grant proposes to build a query module for ED injury codes for traffic safety assessment and evaluation purposes. This is directly related to TZ strategy TRS 2.2. This will partially address the ED data gap that exists in Traffic Records, and will also be a foundation for including this information in future integration efforts when the system and data are more complete.
Organization/Project Manager: Washington State Department of Health/Public Health Lab
This grant will support enhancements to the existing WEMSIS interface to allow users easier access to information required for reporting on Key Performance Indicators through canned reports. There are several KPIs related to traffic safety and the EMS and Trauma care systems. These enhancements will also serve as a “selling point” to existing and new users, ideally increasing reporting frequency and consistency among current users and onboarding new users. This is important since WEMSIS reporting is not currently required under statute. This grant will also support training around these enhancements.
Organization/Project Manager: Washington State Department of Health, Health Systems Quality Assurance Division, Office of Community Health Systems/ WEMSIS Administrator