We would like to thank Prof. Reinhard for his comments and the figures on the decline in both elective and urgent ophthalmological interventions. These figures are an important addition to the data we presented, which were derived from the analysis of the German In-Patient Quality Indicators (GIQI) (1).
The GIQI forms the database of the IQM (Initiative Qualitätsmedizin, Quality Medicine Initiative), which is normally calculated twice a year, transmitted to the participating clinics, and published on the internet (2). The GIQI was developed to measure the treatment results from routine data, and it encompasses essential areas of medicine in which a comprehensible presentation of results with routine data appears useful and feasible. Unfortunately, for many years, we have not been able to formulate a quality indicator from routine data for ophthalmology, so that this area is not taken into account in the GIQI and was not separately analyzed for our brief Research Letter (3). We will gladly take these suggestions into account in the upcoming analysis of the biannual data from the IQM clinics to be able to also present figures for the ophthalmological area.
On behalf of the authors
Prof. Dr. med. Ralf Kuhlen
Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the IQM
Helios Health, Berlin, Germany
Conflict of interest statement
The authors of both contributions declare that no conflict of interest exists.
|1.||3M Health Information Systems: German Inpatient Quality Indicators. G-IQI Version 5.2.2019. www.initiative-qualitaetsmedizin.de/fileadmin/user_upload/GIQI_V52_2019_190626.pdf.|
|2.||Initiative Qualitätsmedizin. www.initiative-qualitaetsmedizin.de/ (last accessed on 25 August 2020).|
|3.||Kuhlen R, Schmithausen D, Winklmair C, Schick J, Scriba P: The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown on routine hospital care for other illnesses. Dtsch Arztebl Int 2020; 117: 488–9 VOLLTEXT|