Standardizing Maternity Care Data to Improve Coordination of Care

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      The amount of data generated by health information technology systems is staggering, and using those data to make meaningful care decisions that improve patient outcomes is difficult. The purpose of this article is to describe the Maternal Health Information Initiative, a multidisciplinary group of maternity care stakeholders charged with standardizing maternity care data. Complementary strategies that practicing clinicians can use to support this initiative and improve the usability of maternity care data are provided.


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      Catherine H. Ivory, PhD, RNC-OB, RN, BC, is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.


      Maria Freytsis, CNM, MPH, is an independent consultant, Washington, DC.


      David C. Lagrew Jr., MD, is Chief Integration and Accountability Officer, MemorialCare Health System, Fountain Valley, CA.


      Dale Magee, MD, MS, is an associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology, Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA.


      Manuel C. Vallejo, MD, DMD, is a professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.


      Steve Hasley, MD, is Chief Medical Information Officer, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Washington, DC.

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