Sunday, July 10, 2011

Database to be Released

The “Kids Inpatient Database” (KID) was developed as part of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), a federal-state-industry partnership sponsored by AHRQ. KID will provide data at the national, state, and community levels to identify, track and analyze national trends in healthcare utilization, access, charges, quality, and outcomes.

KID a multi-state database scheduled to be released in the near future, is the only dataset in the U.S. designed specifically to study and support research on hospital use outcomes and costs for hospital services, medical practice variations, treatment effectiveness, quality of care, impact of health policy changes, access to care, diffusion of medical technology, and the use of health services by special populations. The database will contain information from nearly 3.5 million pediatric hospital stays drawn from over 4,000 community hospitals in 44 states.

The KID will provide information on specific studies or procedures that are difficult to access using other databases because children account for a relatively small proportion of hospital stays. It will also be possible to study topics on uncommon conditions such as congenital anomalies and the economic burden associated with specific procedures or conditions. This may include adolescent pregnancies and the pediatric conditions most often associated with particular outcomes in the hospital.

For more information, email or call 1-866-290-HCUP.