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Hospital Discharge Data

Purpose

To describe inpatient hospitalizations and emergency department visits in hospitals in Rhode Island.

Key Information

Data are received from ten acute care (11 prior to 2018) hospitals, two psychiatric hospitals, and one rehabilitation hospital in Rhode Island. Datasets contain patient level information on inpatient hospitalizations and emergency department visits for all patients discharged from hospitals in Rhode Island. Available measures include: admission and discharge dates, patient diagnoses, procedures, length of stay, cost, and demographic data. All discharge records dated prior to the start of the 4th quarter of 2015 utilize the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) diagnostic and procedure codes. Data collected in the 4th quarter of 2015 and later utilize the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) coding system.

Data availablity

Inpatient data are available from 2000 onward and emergency department data are available from 2005 onward. Datasets are typically provided as yearly files, though quarterly files may be available by special request.  Yearly data files are typically available about 4 months after the conclusion of the year.

How data can be used

Confidentiality

The confidentiality of the Hospital Discharge Data described above will be maintained as required by state and federal law. Data may not be published in a form that might permit identification of an individual patient. Further, data must not be disseminated, or transmitted to anyone who has not filed a Release Assurances Form with the Center for Health Data & Analysis and Public Health Informatics, covering the data to be transmitted.

If and when disposed of, all information provided under this agreement will be handled as follows:

Attribution

No statement shall be made indicating or suggesting that interpretations drawn from the Hospital Discharge Data are those of the Rhode Island Department of Health or of the State of Rhode Island. If cited in a publication or presentation, the source of the data will be acknowledged as the Rhode Island Hospital Discharge Data, Center for Health Data & Analysis and Public Health Informatics, Rhode Island Department of Health.

Cost

The cost of production of the received data is provided below $100 for each year requested, plus $20 shipping if expedited. Payment must be received prior to release of the data.

Failure to comply

Should a person fail to comply with the terms and conditions of the data release, access to the Hospital Discharge Data will be terminated immediately, and all data will be returned to the Center for Health Data & Analysis and Public Health Informatics. Unauthorized disclosure of information from confidential records may be punishable, upon conviction, by a fine and/or imprisonment or both, and/or civil penalties as prescribed by law.