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March 20, 2024




730.9.1 : Health Data Structures, Usage, and Data Collection Tools

The graduate organizes healthcare data with the use of data structures and collection tools to support organizational needs.


Health information management professionals may participate in data dictionary development projects. The ability to identify necessary data elements is assisted by the use of uniform data sets. In this task, you will explore the role that different data types and data structures play in a healthcare setting.



You are working with other health information management professionals to build data tables for a healthcare organization. Your team has been assigned the job of taking the data elements found in various uniform data sets and building a data dictionary for each uniform data set. You must understand the different types of healthcare data so that you can apply the correct ones to your data tables.



Your submission must be your original work. No more than a combined total of 30% of the submission and no more than a 10% match to any one individual source can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. The similarity report that is provided when you submit your task can be used as a guide. You must use the rubric to direct the creation of your submission because it provides detailed criteria that will be used to evaluate your work. Each requirement below may be evaluated by more than one rubric aspect. The rubric aspect titles may contain hyperlinks to relevant portions of the course. Tasks may not be submitted as cloud links, such as links to Google Docs, Google Slides, OneDrive, etc., unless specified in the task requirements. All other submissions must be file types that are uploaded and submitted as attachments (e.g., .docx, .pdf, .ppt

Describe the characteristics of the primary data and secondary data that are used in a healthcare setting and include a comparison of how they are similar and different from each other.

Provide a unique example of how each of the categories of healthcare data described in part A can be applied in a healthcare setting.


Describe a relevant potential source of data and how the data could be collected for each application of healthcare data you described in part A1.

Discuss why each type of data is appropriate for the healthcare setting application that you described in part A1.

Discuss an example of how healthcare data from uniform data sets can be used in a specified type of healthcare organization.

Describe a specific application of data dictionaries within a health information (HI) system.

Justify how the use of data dictionaries could improve an organization’s communication across the continuum of care.

Acknowledge sources, using in-text citations and references, for content that is quoted, paraphrased, or summarized. APA.

Demonstrate professional communication in the content and presentation of your submission.