Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? I cannot believe the year has gone by so quickly.
This month’s central theme of data management and its importance is crystalized by the potential penalty of poor CIBMTR audit outcomes and potential impact on accreditation. Why is “just data” so important to accreditation? Well, without correct data, no program or program director can know what is going on in the program beyond gut feel (and we know how that works out . . .). The correct data is not merely to ensure CIBMTR has good data for research, it is so each program can be performing effective ongoing self-analysis for continuous improvement of the care of patients and outcomes. Therefore, it is time to ensure that everyone in the program is participating in the quality of information, from the clinical note, to abstraction, to understanding the questions and categories for CIBMTR. That alone takes a teamwork of providers and data managers.
FACT continues to expand its Regenerative Medicine activities and note the article on Advanced Therapies Week in January.
A big thank you to all who performed their first inspections this year—keep recruiting your colleagues! We have some new programs for supporting and educating inspectors to ensure everyone feels comfortable going out for that first inspection, and resources to access before, during, and after the inspection. Keep it up!
President of FACT