The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities and Nebula Data Intel are aiming to transform the ASC industry through a new data initiative that will collect clinical and operational data to provide outpatient surgical centers an all-encompassing look at their center’s performance compared to other centers through a preference card.

AAAASF President David Watts, MD, spoke to Becker’s ASC Review about the initiative and the potential it has to revolutionize the ASC space.

The initiative will consist of several different data collection facets, taking surgical procedure data and compiling it into a searchable, living database.

To do this, centers will scan a procedure preference card. The card will be uploaded to a proprietary, cloud-based database, de-identified and then aggregated with invoice data and pharma data to produce intelligent and actionable benchmarks and dashboards. Eventually, patient-reported satisfaction data will be added to the mix.

Dr. Watts described the simplicity of the finished system, “We’ve gotten it down to a three-click system that takes six seconds to do.”

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