My introduction to population data and analytics came during my health systems and trauma care fellowship at Johns Hopkins. Having finished my master’s degree in Public Health, I was eager to bring together my interest in improving health systems and background in surgery to improve trauma care in Kenya. Unfortunately in Kenya, the burden of injury is poorly defined due to lack of data, and the concept of hospital quality improvement is still emerging. Setting up an injury surveillance system was the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the value of data by identifying and addressing gaps in care of the injured patient. As we started to collect clinical data on trauma patients we recognized inconsistencies in providers’ level of data collection expertise, resulting in numerous issues with the collection, entry and extraction of data. To overcome these issues, we transitioned from […]