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Texas Health Presbyterian Software Wins Trauma Innovation Award

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Software developed at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas to check the accuracy of data collected in the hospital’s trauma registry has received an innovation award: the 2024 Peregrine Award for Trauma Innovation.

Created by Jacob Roden-Foreman, trauma research coordinator at Texas Health Dallas, Automated Detection of Trauma Data Errors software is highly customizable, automatically detecting potential logic errors within the data sets.

“Registries are only as good as the data that go into them,” Roden-Foreman said in a statement. He said the tool verifies the accuracy of data collected.

The Peregrine Award recognizes new ideas that result in better care for injured patients.

More than 50 trauma centers in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia submitted nominations for this year’s award, according to an announcement by Peregrine Health Services and Trauma System News.

Texas Health Dallas said it won in the Level I and II Trauma Centers category.

Texas Health Dallas has been a designated Level I Trauma Center since 2022. Level I Trauma Centers seek to innovate and advance trauma care through research and quality improvement.

The importance of error-free trauma registries

Roden-Foreman said that at Texas Health Dallas, about 250 data elements on average are input on a registry record for every trauma patient. He said roughly 2,500 patients per year are treated at the trauma center.

“The trauma registry really is the backbone of the trauma center, since it lets us make data-driven decisions,” Roden-Foreman said. “As a result, errors in a registry record can affect multiple different projects, which can range from quality improvement projects to injury prevention initiatives.”

Trauma centers’ registry data also impact regional and national trauma systems via benchmarking of institutional performance measures, public policy development, and funding allocation, Roden-Foreman said.

The software has been in use at Texas Health Dallas since February 2022, and it has undergone several updates, Roden-Foreman added, noting that plans are underway to share the tool with Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

Roden-Foreman will present his software during an upcoming online award event.

“It’s always nice to be recognized for one’s work,” Roden-Foreman said. “Especially in research, where it often takes more than 15 years for findings to change practice—if practice changes at all. It is very rewarding to know that others think highly of the work that I’ve done.”

Texas Health Resources is a faith-based, nonprofit health system that cares for more patients in North Texas than any other provider. Its service area consists of 16 counties and more than 8 million people, and the system is committed to providing quality, coordinated care through its Texas Health Physicians Group and 29 hospital locations under the banners of Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Harris Methodist, and Texas Health
Huguley.

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