Using Health Care Data To Improve Utilization and OutcomesUsing Data To Evaluate Hospital Inpatient MortalityFranklin, Patricia D. MD; Legault, James P. MBA Author Information Medical Director, Quality Management; University Hospital-SUNY HSC (Franklin) Director of Quality Management; University Hospital-SUNY HSC (Legault) Syracuse, New York Journal of Nursing Care Quality 14(1):p 55-66, November 1999. Buy Abstract This article evaluates the use of hospital inpatient mortality as an indicator of health care outcomes and describes the development of related data. It demonstrates both the strengths and limitations of mortality as a measure of outcomes. It provides guidance concerning the development of raw and severity adjusted mortality data. It also provides information concerning data related to unexpected mortality and complications. © 1999 Aspen Publishers, Inc.