The Quality Assurance (QA) program provides Partnership member hospitals support for New Jersey’s Vital Information Platform (VIP) database. The VIP database produces birth certificates for all infants born in New Jersey. In addition, VIP includes more than 600 fields of health and demographic information for each birth. Together with its member hospitals, the Partnership monitors this data to identify trends in Maternal Child Health outcomes.
Partnership staff provide VIP training to member hospital staff, develop custom reports for member hospitals, and coordinate VIP User’s Group meetings with the goal of improving data quality. The Partnership also coordinates the Total Quality Improvement (TQI) Committee. The TQI committee includes neonatologists, obstetricians, and nurses from member hospitals as well as NJ DOH representatives. Topics of Committee interest include non-compliance with rules regarding birth weight and gestational age, and trends in Cesarean Section, Breastfeeding, and disparities in birth outcomes.
The Partnership’s QA program also utilizes data from NJ PRAMS (Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System.) Please click here for briefs and the most recent information from NJ PRAMS.