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Obstet Gynecol. 2014 Jul;124(1):150-3. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000000322.

Executive summary of the reVITALize initiative: standardizing obstetric data definitions.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, Stanford University, and the California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, California; and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Washington, DC.


Precision in language has become critically important with the evolution of the electronic medical record and proliferation of measurement in vital statistics and health care. Taking the opportunity to standardize clinical definitions is a fundamental step in building a robust national data infrastructure that is useful and useable for clinicians and patients. The reVITALize Initiative leads and coordinates a national multidisciplinary movement to standardize obstetric data definitions for written and verbal clinical communication, electronic health record data capture, vital statistics and public health surveillance, measurement, quality improvement, reporting, and research.

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