The Government is seemingly keeping official safety data on 8 hospital acquired conditions secretive while claiming the transparency.

How come this contradiction is possible? The data can be either fully closed for the public or disclosed; no way it can be both at once. We will try to look into the situation further.

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Service’s data is, to be precise, the recent updates on the rate of 8 hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) per one thousand patient discharge, pertaining to incidents that may have caused significant harm to a patient during the period ending June 30, 2012: spanning two years. These events that never supposed to happened would include tools of surgery that were left inside patients, pressure ulcers, falls that could have been avoided, antagonistic transfusions, air embolism incidents, infections transmitted through urinary tract, and substandard glucose management.

Do you want to stay up to date on matters pertaining to data control? Feel free to join the University of Utah School of Medicine, College of Informatics at Northern Kentucky University, and Ascension Health during the, “Health Information Exchange: The Continuing Debate between Public and Private Models” discussion. It will take place at the iHT² Health IT Summit in Austin, December 11th–12th, 2013.