Kevin F. O'Brien Health Sciences Library
Date for Benchmarking
Publishes the Clinical Performance Measurement Directory, based on a national survey of group practices and state medical societies, with detailed information on more than 300 performance-improvement programs. Also publishes statistical information on physicians, medical groups and individual health care markets.
Offers CaduCIS Net, a free, Internet-based benchmarking tool with publicly available data on lengths of stay, mortality, and costs for hundreds of hospitals. Also provides fee-based consulting products analyzing hospitals proprietary data and showing how or why each one can improve.
The National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducts National Hospital Discharge Survey, a compilation of utilization statistics from approximately 500 hospitals. Also collects much broader information on specific diseases and characteristics of health care consumers.
Prepares hospital benchmarking reports, including pricing, reimbursement, expected costs and data on the top 50 DRGs, a physician clinical performance profiling, home health agency performance rankings, specialty reports, and performance measurement standards for the Joint Commissions ORYX initiative.
Conducts benchmarking studies on pharmaceutical and medical device use, corporate compliance, overall hospital outcomes, and managed care population assessments; benchmarking information from state database; and forecasts utilization charges.
Subsidiary of the American Hospital Association, publishes data for market understanding across continuum of care, including proprietary research and public data. Products: the AHA Guide, Hospital Statistics, the AHA Annual Survey Database, the Duet Database, and the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care.
Through its ORYX initiative, gathers performance measures of a hospitals choosing in various clinical areas: for example, percentages of low birth-weight babies. Information will be collected on core measures in five areas: acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, surgical procedures and complications, and pregnancy and related conditions, from all accredited hospitals as early as 2002.
Through subsidiaries CHIPS, St. Anthonys Publishing, and Medicode provides a wide range of benchmarking information and performance comparisons. Medicode maintains comprehensive pricing databases; CHIPS compares facilities according to costs and utilization patterns, and provides industrywide almanacs and guides; and St. Anthonys Publishing analyzes and compares coding and reimbursement data.
InterStudy, Minneapolis (800) 844-3351
Offers publications and databases covering regional and national HMO statistics and metropolitan service area profiles and analyses. Also conducts specialized research projects, such as comparative data analysis on a few competing health plans or commissioned research on one organizations performance.
Conducts annual surveys to benchmark group practice performance. The Cost Survey includes charges and revenue, practice expenses, accounts receivables, staffing ratios and collection percentages. Reports on compensation, benefits and productivity of providers, physician executives and managers.
Uses managed care transactional data to create detailed performance reports and analyses. Identifies utilization problem areas to improve quality and cost savings, and analyzes health plan contract performance to improve future contract negotiations.
Patient Safety Resources
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
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Anatomy of the Human Body by Henry Gray
Grays Anatomy of the Human Body on Bartleby.com contains 1,247 vibrant engravings, with many in color, from the classic 1918 edition. Bartleby claims to provide students, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the Web, free of charge.
Atlas of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
This atlas was produced by David M. Martin, M.D., and Ralph C. Lyons, M.D., both certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and by the American Board of Gastroenterology.
Bristol Biomed Image Archive
This categorized archive maintained by the University of Bristol, United Kingdom, contains more than 20,000 images for teaching. A search engine allows for retrieval of images on specific topics or conditions. Users can search and browse the archive without registering, but, to download full-size images, users must complete a free registration process. The creators of the archive allow for free use of the images for teaching and educational purposes.
Dermatology Online Atlas
This English language atlas, maintained by the Dermatology Internet Service at the Universities of Erlangen and Heidelberg, Germany, can be searched or browsed. The images by localization feature provides a body map for browsing. Be sure to check with site owners about copyright before using any images.
Digital Atlas of Ophthalmology
The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Department of Ophthalmology maintains this atlas to serve as a visual reference and educational supplement for ophthalmologists, general physicians, and medical students. Search or browse by topic or anatomical region.
Public Health Image Library (PHILÔ)
Created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), PHILÔoffers an organized, searchable gateway to the CDCs pictures. The content is organized into hierarchical categories of people, places, and sciences and is presented as single images, image sets and multimedia files. PHILÔ welcomes public health professionals, the media, educators and the worldwide public to use this material for reference, teaching, presentation and health messages.
The Visible Human ProjectÒ
A project of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the Visible Human ProjectÒ consists of images of cross-sections of a female and a male. Anyone may use the images free of charge, but a license agreement must first be filed with NLM. This site also includes links to projects showing some of the images in use.
Whole Brain Atlas
Still pictures and movies (mpg files) of the brain constitute this atlas, which has received favorable reviews from MedWorld Best Sites, Neurosciences on the Internet, and Medical Matrix. Use and distribution of these materials for educational purposes is allowed as long as proper credit is provided.