An expert panel established by the National Quality Forum is making nine recommendations to advance the development of standardized electronic health-record data measures.
The forums Health Information Technology Expert Panel, the second version of HITEP, established last November, looked at ways to expand the use of quality data sets and other electronic data sources out of guidelines first established in 2007. The panels report provides details on establishing a quality data setincluding standard elements, quality data elements and data flow attributesand sources of data for specific quality information.
The nine recommendations include creating a measure-authoring tool for quality measure developers and establishing a timeline for implementing the quality data set. The panel also recommended that the NQF should work with quality experts in every facet of measure development from researchers to EHR vendors in creating the quality data set and related tools. The NQF is seeking public comment on the report.