Healthcare stakeholders must come together to develop a single, national data infrastructure to support performance measurement activities and track quality improvement in the U.S., the Joint Commission said in a white paper released by its data strategy roundtable.
The roundtable proposed a list of 22 principles to guide a national infrastructure, which suggest using interoperable information technology that supports the secure exchange of transparent, high-quality performance data across healthcare settings. It also called for standardized definitions to measure the information. The roundtable is part of the commissions public policy initiative launched in 2001 to address a range of safety issues.
The healthcare industry relies on performance data to identify areas of improvement and make informed care choices, but available data and standards are fragmented, said Margaret VanAmringe, vice president of public policy and government relations for the commission. The white paper brings all the pieces together and provides a roadmap for providers to follow. Data sharing gets technical, but that's where we need the guidance, she said. -- by Jean DerGurahian
What do you think? Post a comment on this article and share your opinion with other readers. Submit your letter to Modern Physician Online at [email protected]. Please be sure to include your hometown and state, along with your organization and title.