Automation Project

Hospitals participate in SCOAP by submitting information regarding patients undergoing surgical and interventional procedures at their site. In return, hospitals receive reports benchmarking their performance in care delivery and outcomes. Through this mechanism, SCOAP has helped hospitals significantly reduce surgical and interventional care complications and re-operations, as well as associated costs. SCOAP hospital data is currently being extracted from medical records by hospital staff, which limits the ability to expand data gathering for broader quality improvement purposes.

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, thus: 1) allowing access to more data on patients including longitudinal clinical data capture across healthcare encounter types (e.g., surgical, interventional); 2)  reducing the clinical workflow and staffing burden for on-going maintenance of the SCOAP registry at each participating hospital; and 3) providing capacity and interoperability to incorporate new clinical disciplines or care settings (e.g., outpatient) into SCOAP benchmarking evaluations to benefit hospital quality improvement.


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

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The CERTAIN Automation Project benefits research by creating a data repository available for future research investigations.

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Project Investigators:

  • Peter Tarczy-Hornoch, MD
  • Erik Van Eaton, MD
  • E. Beth Devine, PharmD, MBA, PhD
  • Daniel Capurro, MD
  • Michael Tepper, PhD
  • Meliha Yetisgen-Yildiz, PhD