In October 2015, there was a national update to ICD codes (ICD 9 to ICD 10) rendering data from October 2015 and prior incomparable to ICD coded data moving forward. These changes impact all measures that are derived from ICD coded data from the Health Service and Cost Review Commission (HSCRC)-- visits to the emergency department due to: hypertension, diabetes, asthma, dental, Alzheimer's, and mental health. These data are hosted and made externally available through the SHIP, a quality improvement and performance process measurement resource. SHIP is currently working hard to convert these measures from ICD 9 to 10. This conversion requires stakeholder engagement and subject matter expertise consulting in order to determine which ICD 10 codes will be incorporated into the necessary new data definitions.
SHIP is currently undergoing a quality improvement project. This project aims to improve operations so that moving forward, SHIP can provide more timely and accurate data. Please expect a delay in updating SHIP data. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.
Did you know? Community health assessment findings for healthy communities, healthy living, and access to care were recently updated on our website with 2014 data. Continue to check back as more data becomes available.
The goal of the State Health Improvement Process (SHIP) is to provide a framework for accountability, local action, and public engagement in order to advance the health of Maryland residents. The SHIP measures for improvement are aligned with the Healthy People (HP) 2020 objectives established by the Department of Health and Human Services. State and county level data on critical health measures is also provided through the SHIP.
Through the use of statewide and local level data, the SHIP has encouraged the development of Local Health Improvement Coalitions. These are each led by local health officers and provide a forum for county health departments, nonprofit hospitals, and community based organizations to analyze and prioritize community health needs. The health concerns of local jurisdictions are addressed by the extensive list of tools and resources available to the general public, health planners, and clinicians. In order to disseminate the most important and devastating characteristics of the health of Marylanders overall, the SHIP publishes a weekly e-newsletter and posts public health news on social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook.