Minnesota Border Discharge Data Now Available to WHA Members?

December 19, 2019

Since 2003, the Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center (WHAIC) has been helping health care stakeholders in Wisconsin turn data into actionable insights that enable timely and reliable decision-making. As the data collection entity under state law, WHAIC’s data currently include all Wisconsin hospital and ambulatory surgery center (ASC) patient discharge data. Many WHA members along the Minnesota border have requested additional information on Wisconsin residents who seek care in that state. Access to those data would help complete the picture of their patient populations and allow for a more complete and accurate analysis.

WHAIC has been working with the respective hospital associations in our border states, and we are pleased to announce that effective Jan. 1, 2020, patient discharge information from the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) covering relevant portions of Minnesota will be available to WHA members that sign a business associate agreement with MHA. Additionally, MHA and WHAIC have also reached an agreement enabling WHAIC to integrate that Minnesota data with WHAIC’s data products available to you, including through Kaavio, WHAIC’s self-service analytics and visualization tool.

If you are interested in obtaining the Minnesota data, please contact WHAIC Vice President Jennifer Mueller at 608-274-1820 to walk you through the process.

This story originally appeared in the December 19, 2019 edition of WHA Newsletter