reVITALize Gynecology Data Definitions

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Common data definitions play a central role in robust performance measurement and clinician feedback for quality improvement. It is critical that definitions and data elements are harmonized across all organizations, electronic health records, clinical and patient registries, and observational research databases. The work of the reVITALize Initiative will assure that data sharing and aggregation can be used to provide the kind of quality information needed to provide the best possible care for women.

December 2013 reVITALize Gynecology National Stakeholder Conference

The reVITALize Gynecology Data Definitions National Stakeholder Conference took place December 5-7, 2013 and brought together over 60 national leaders in women’s health care for 3 days of debate and discussion. The conference was attended by representatives from the following organizations:

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists
  • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • American College of Nurse-Midwives
  • American College of Physicians
  • American College of Women’s Health Physicians
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  • American Urogynecologic Society
  • Association for Maternal and Child Health Programs
  • Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Greenway
  • Health Resources Services Administration
  • International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health
  • National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Research Center for Women & Families
  • National Women's Law Center
  • North American Menopause Society
  • Physicians for Reproductive Health
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
  • Society for Women's Health Research
  • Society of Gynecologic Oncology
  • Society of Gynecologic Surgeons
  • Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
  • Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
  • Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction
  • The Joint Commission
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Wellpoint

Please click here for a full list of conference attendees

The data elements identified for discussion at the conference were grouped into the following six topic areas:

  • Adolescent and Benign Gynecology
  • Breast and Cervical Issues
  • Infertility
  • Pain and Bleeding Issues
  • Reproductive Planning
  • Urogynecology and Menopause 

Attendees were assigned to workgroups based on their areas of expertise and interest. Definitions were carefully reviewed and revised within the workgroups and presented for open discussion and vote by all conference attendees.

As a result of the December 2013 reVITALize Gynecology National Stakeholder Conference and follow up work in the months after, over 100 definitions were made available for 60-days of open Public Comment from April to June 2014. During this period we invited and encouraged interested individuals to review the proposed definitions submit feedback.

We are now carefully reviewing all of the Public Comment responses and making revisions to the definitions as appropriate and necessary to ensure usability and clarity. To ensure a continued multidisciplinary process, all revisions will be conducted within the workgroups established at the December conference.

Once revised, the definitions will be submitted for legal review and College Executive Board endorsement. We expect that an Executive Summary of the Initiative along with the finalized definitions will be published in Obstetrics & Gynecology (the Green Journal) in 2015. Once finalized, the definitions will also be made available on this page.

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This page will be updated regularly at each step in the process, so please be sure to check back often.


Pamela Scarrow
Director, Patient Safety and Quality Improvement    
Choosing Wisely

Lauren Lemieux
Senior Program and Research Associate, Strategic Health Care Initiatives  
Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM), Council on Patient Safety, Did You Know? Videos, How I Practice Videos, ReVITALize, Women’s Health Registry Alliance

Lisa Ruffin Schauf
Administrative Manager  
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