The Oklahoma Hospital Association has partnered with the Colorado Health & Hospital Association to bring DATABANK to hospitals in Oklahoma. DATABANK is being provided to OHA members at no cost.

By initiating DATABANK in Oklahoma, OHA members are joining hospitals in 30 other states around the country that currently participate in this program. OHA members will gain access to comparative data from hospitals in those states. This program, developed and supported by the Colorado Health & Hospital Association, has been endorsed by the American Hospital Association, a strategic partner in this important data initiative.

DATABANK will also assist OHA in representing its hospitals by being able to better analyze the impact of Medicare and Medicaid policies and other reimbursement changes, using current data rather than hospital cost reports, which when published, are two years old.

An OHA Member Service

DATABANK is a Web-based database of hospital utilization and financial performance indicators. The database is the source of comparable information on average length of stay, outpatient statistics, charges and expenses per day and per stay, uncollected charges, number of days in accounts receivable, gross profitability and a number of personnel statistics.

Hospitals submit their monthly data on the secure DATABANK Web site. The data collection and submission process usually takes the hospital contact person less than one hour to complete. Once the data are submitted on the Web, member hospitals are able to run their facilities' reports immediately. Reports containing peer group comparisons can be viewed and printed online once certain peer group thresholds have been met. 

The data contained on the DATABANK reports are used for budgeting, marketing and internal management purposes within the hospital. At the Oklahoma Hospital Association, the data are used for public policy decisions such as Medicaid disproportionate share, and other advocacy initiatives.

Data must be entered into DATABANK 25 days following the previous month's close of business. If data are not submitted by the 25th, the hospital will receive a reminder phone call to submit the data

Advantages of Online Submission

The following are advantages to hospitals of online data submission:
  • Greater control over the data;
  • Instant access to the information, including customizing the data output;
  • Ability to design peer groups;
  • Ability to make corrections to prior months' data any time during the year;
  • Several users within the hospital can access the same data;
  • The ability to download individual data into a spreadsheet and analyze it in different ways than were presented in the online reports; and
  • More timely, accurate and complete data is available to the OHA, strengthening its advocacy and representation role.

Security of Data

The DATABANK Web site is a secure site. It employs the highest available data encryption software. As data are submitted, the encryption measures ensure that even in route, the data are completely secure.

Access to Data

Access to DATABANK is limited to member hospitals. To gain access to the DATABANK Web site, or for more information regarding the DATABANK program, contact Mia Johnston, information services assistant (405) 427-9537.

DATABANK Information Request

To receive by e-mail a copy of the DATABANK presentation, DATABANK agreement, agreement for an alternate contact, or more information on DATABANK in general, contact Mia Johnston.