Dr. Patrick Cawley with the Medical University of South Carolina explains why providing standardized information from hospitals can be difficult for healthcare providers.
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Healthcare Transparency: Why can I compare cars and televisions, but I can't compare all hospitals with each other? Dr. Patrick Cawley: Banks and just about any company outside of healthcare has put in those systems that they have actually had very, very robust information technology systems for years and years. And I would say healthcare particularly, hospital healthcare is just getting into that realm. I have a group that puts that data together that actually reports to me in the hospital, and that's about 15 to 20 people that work on these core measures. So, it's not easy. Much of it is actually physically reviewing charts, page by page by page, in order to obtain these measures. And that's what we do today. That's not what we want to be tomorrow, we want to be much more IT driven, but we want to be able to get the answers to these questions more rapidly. Right now as we collect core measures, I just got some information yesterday, about how we did in the first quarter of this year and that quarter ended five months ago. So, I mean that's how long it takes to get this data. So, it is hard, there is no doubt about it. But hopefully in the future, if we set up out systems right, it will get easier as we move on.