Using Data To Reduce Hospital ReadmissionsFranklin, Patricia D. MD; Noetscher, Cheryl M. MS, RN; Murphy, Mark E. MS, RN; Lagoe, Ronald J. PhDJournal of Nursing Care Quality: Using Health Care Data To Improve Utilization and Outcomes Abstract Author Information This article describes the importance and the development of data concerning hospital readmissions as an outcomes indicator. It emphasizes the need for consistent definition of readmissions according to time intervals and diagnostic categories. It describes the development of readmission information using computer abstract databases to ensure consistency of indicators. It also provides examples of data developed through this approach. Medical Director, Quality Management; University Hospital-SUNY HSC (Franklin) Manager; Department of Case Management; Crouse Hospital (Noetscher) Executive Director; Home Health Services; St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center (Murphy) Executive Director; Hospital Executive Council (Lagoe) Syracuse, New York © 1999 Aspen Publishers, Inc.