The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants to collect data for the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey electronically rather than via paper questionnaires, according to a notice published in Monday's Federal Register (PDF).
CDC looks to take hospital ambulatory-care survey online
Since 1992, the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics has collected information for the annual survey about ambulatory medical-care services in the U.S. at physicians' offices, hospital outpatient and emergency departments, and ambulatory surgery centers. Congressional offices, federal agencies, state and local governments, clinicians, professional associations and not-for-profit foundations are among those who use the data.
The CDC also is requesting approval to add 167 hospitals to the survey sample to make state-based estimates in five states on emergency department characteristics and make slight changes to survey questions.
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