Smartsourcing is a business strategy of shifting towards partnerships that focus an organization on its core competencies and core mission, and to then shed the processes that are not core to the organization’s mission to a partner. 

The American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) is a suite of data registries related to cardiovascular care that helps hospitals, health systems, and practices measure and improve care outcomes. With a decade of experience in specialized registry abstraction and management both as hospital staff and as an Account Lead for ADN’s Core Measures & Registry Data Abstraction Outsourcing Service, ADN’s top NCDR expert, Tammy Holton, shared 5 best practices for effectively managing your facility’s NCDR program.

Reallocating data abstraction staff and outsourcing those positions can shave budget dollars. This Cost-Benefit Analysis tool can help you evaluate how cost-effective it is at your hospital.

Inter-Rater Reliability (IRR) assessments can help your facility evaluate the accuracy and integrity of your data abstractions. IRR assessments are performed on a sample of abstracted cases to measure the degree of agreement among reviewers.

Many hospitals leading in healthcare quality have begun outsourcing data abstraction of Registries and Core Measures. But why? What are the benefits of outsourcing data abstraction when your facility has historically handled this in-house? In this article we explore just that.