Core Health Data Elements: Report of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics. Obtain input, through hearings and other means, from the diverse parties who will report and use standardized core data sets


Armed with the extensive listing of potential data elements culled from the Compendium, in September 1995, the NCVHS contacted approximately 2,000 individuals and organizations in the health care utilization and data fields to seek their input in identifying those basic elements most in need of collection and/or in need of uniform definitions (appendix B). In addition to requesting a written response from these experts, they were invited to participate in one of two special meetings organized by the Committee to discuss the project and to seek input. In order to have as wide a participation at the meeting as possible, both East and West coast meetings were held in Oakland, CA, in early November, and in Washington, DC, in early December. Summaries of the meetings can be found in appendix C.

Both meetings were successful at bringing together experts in the field and expanding the knowledge base of the Committee. Presentations were received from state health departments, including California, Oklahoma, and New York; organizations such as the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations; and individuals such as Dr. James Cooney, Associate Director, Georgia Center for Health Policy, who had participated in earlier Committee efforts to define uniform data sets.