This consortium of academic medical centers sponsors a database that contains administrative data from patient bills for hospital care. The database produces “observed” and “expected” mortality and other quality measures. These measures are considered less reliable than those which are based on intensive review of medical records, because the diagnosis and procedure data on bills are not very detailed. However, these measures are very easy and inexpensive to prepare, and they can be one part of an overall review of quality and safety.
“The University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), Oak Brook, Illinois, formed in 1984, is an alliance of 103 academic medical centers and 219 of their affiliated hospitals representing approximately 90% of the nation's non-profit academic medical centers.”