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Can J Cardiol. 2010 Aug-Sep;26(7):e225-8.

Validation of physician billing and hospitalization data to identify patients with ischemic heart disease using data from the Electronic Medical Record Administrative data Linked Database (EMRALD).

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Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, Ontario. karen.tu@ices.on.ca

Abstract

in English, French

BACKGROUND:

Reporting of ischemic heart disease (IHD) prevalence in Canada has been based on self-report or patients presenting to hospital. However, IHD often presents and can be managed in the outpatient setting.

OBJECTIVES:

To determine whether the combination of hospital data and physician billings could accurately identify patients with IHD.

METHODS:

A random sample of 969 adult patients from the Electronic Medical Record Administrative data Linked Database (EMRALD) - an electronic medical record database of primary care physicians in Ontario linked to administrative data for the province of Ontario - was used. A number of combinations of physician billing and hospital discharge abstracts were tested to determine the accuracy of using administrative data to identify IHD patients.

RESULTS:

Two physician billings within a one-year period (with one of the billings by a specialist or a family physician in a hospital or emergency room setting) or a hospital discharge abstract gave a sensitivity of 77.0% (95% CI 68.2% to 85.9%), a specificity of 98.0% (95% CI 97.0% to 98.9%), a positive predictive value of 78.8% (95% CI 70.1% to 87.5%), a negative predictive value of 97.7% (95% CI 96.8% to 98.7%) and a kappa of 0.76 (95% CI 0.68 to 0.83).

CONCLUSIONS:

A combination of physician billing and hospital discharge abstracts can be used to identify patients with IHD. Population prevalence of IHD can be measured using administrative data.

PMID:
20847968
PMCID:
PMC2950731
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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