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In health care, patient outcomes are typically measured by data points. These data points are monitored on a regular basis to determine how the patient is progressing.  Data monitoring can include many different levels of patient information.  The data may include items like vital signs, medications, allergies, and symptoms.  Data may also include morbidity and mortality and various procedures the patient has undergone.  An end user will often monitor and analyze the data points to be sure they are accurate.  This is called data verification.  Once the data is reviewed and confirmed to be accurate, it is later compiled to measure outcomes.