The National Quality Forum endorsed nine health information technology standards through its National Voluntary Consensus Standards program. The standards fall into the areas of electronic prescribing, electronic health-record interoperability, care management, quality registries and the medical home. The NQF, which put the nine measures up for a vote in July, suggests providers incorporate harmonized measures for using electronic prescribing, generating drug-event reports, developing interoperable databases and participating in standardized quality registries to exchange information.
If we hope to achieve high-quality, patient-centered care, we need interoperable HIT that can help us share information electronically and track patients through the delivery system, said Janet Corrigan, NQF president and chief executive officer in a written statement. NQF initially reviewed more than 70 IT measures submitted earlier this year before paring down the list to nine. The chosen measures come from a range of sources, including the CMS, Quality Insights of Pennsylvania, the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the National Committee for Quality Assurance. -- by Jean DerGurahian
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