Compare your hospital with other local and national facilities of comparable size and service options

For this assignment you will be analyzing data about The University of Alabama Birmingham hospital . The choice of data-topic is up to  you; this way you can be certain that data is available. This will also  give you some freedom to select an area that fits with the HIM degree  program.

For example, students focusing on Health Information Management students might focus on topics  related to clinical outcomes, reimbursements, or specific diseases.  Personal options might be if you have a special condition or are  planning to have a baby and want to perform your statistical analysis  focusing on those areas of the hospital as it relates to local and  national data.

Once you have located your data, analyze it and produce:


  1. at least 3 descriptive statistics
  2. at least one chart or graph

Present these elements in a 1-2 page paper with properly cited APA  references (not including your data and chart/graph information). Be  sure to include adequate explanation of the statistics used and their  importance as related to the topic.

Descriptive statistics such as means, standard deviations,  frequencies, ranges, percentiles, etc. can be used. Your textbook is a  great resource for ideas on statistics you can analyze.

You will most likely need to use some statistical analysis  software to help make your calculations. You probably have Excel  installed on your computer already and can find YouTube videos for  ‘Descriptive Statistics in Excel’. If you have another software package  that you are comfortable using for your job or are feeling adventurous  to learn something new, feel free to select different software to help  with your analysis.

Compare your hospital with other local and national facilities of  comparable size and service options (benchmarking). Some healthcare data  resources that might help you can be found in the list below.

Some Helpful Healthcare Data Resources

If you find the website URLs have changed, search for the organization and locate the data it offers.

Remember to include properly cited APA references and save any  sources used for an annotated bibliography that you will be creating as a  project deliverable later in the course.