The American Nurses Association announced that it opened up its database of nursing and quality measures called National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators ® (NDNQI ®) for research purposes. More details can be found at https://www.nursingquality.org/
The amount of data for clinical improvement purposes is significant:
- 11 years of data submitted quarterly
- 1500 hospitals represented
- 12,000 individual nursing units
- 18 key quality measures
The primary goal of research in this area is to essentially show how nursing practices affect patient outcomes.
From a healthcare business intelligence viewpoint, consider the following business questions:
- Nursing Needs. What are the different nursing needs for medical specialties, surgical units, clinics, long-term care units, etc.?
- Nursing Skill Mixes. o we have the right nursing skill mixes in place? Why or why not?
- Staffing. Are we staffed correctly at the right times of the day? Of the week? Of the month/season/year? Does “correctly staffed” mean financially correct? Clinically correct? Operationally correct? Some mix or balance?
- Training and Experience. Do our nurses have the training and experience needed for our patient mixes? Are they supported with the right blend of equipment, supplies, assistance, etc.?
- Making a Difference? Are our nursing improvement efforts making a difference in terms of patient health outcomes? How do we know?
The NDNQI alone represents a potentially valuable database to mine.
But the point of business intelligence is to combine databases to answer questions that cannot otherwise be answered…profitability, efficiency, effectiveness, quality, satisfaction and value.
I am looking forward to reading more about how the various researchers who subscribe to the database are combining it with other data to answer these types of questions.
Thanks for reading!