Automation Project

Hospitals participate in SCOAP by submitting detailed clinical information about patients undergoing surgical and interventional procedures at their sites. In return, hospitals receive reports benchmarking their performance in care delivery and outcomes. Through this mechanism, the Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program (SCOAP) has helped hospitals significantly reduce surgical and interventional care complications and re-operations, as well as associated costs. SCOAP data is typically extracted from medical records by hospital staff, thereby requiring staffing resources, which often limits the ability for sites to extend data gathering into new areas of SCOAP surgical or interventional quality improvement.

Through a partnership with Microsoft Health Solutions Group, participating SCOAP sites have an opportunity to deploy Amalga UIS  to automate clinical data capture from electronic medical records. SCOAP hospitals partnering in the Automation Project will work with CERTAIN to deploy and assess how Amalga UIS combined with novel CERTAIN tools for text-mining, or Natural Language Processing, can be used to replicate the manual medical chart review process for SCOAP data collection. Hospitals will have the opportunity to implement, test, and use Amalga over the course of the 2+ year project period with license and technology development fees covered by CERTAIN. 


The Automation Project is supported by an award received through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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Participation in the Automation Project will increase hospital efficiency by:

  • Reducing medical records review workflow and staffing burden for participation in quality improvement registries.
  • Expanding access to patient data for quality improvement purposes
  • Demonstrating capacity and interoperability to incorporate new clinical disciplines into SCOAP benchmarking evaluations to benefit hospital quality improvement. 

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