The National Quality Forum released two reports Thursday about health information technology and performance improvement. The first report provides a model for measuring use of health IT, according to a news release from the Washington-based organization, while the second focuses on potential quality gains form clinical decision support systems.
"These reports provide a tremendous foundation for future work in clinical decision support and for understanding the impact of health IT tools on care delivery," NQF President and CEO Janet Corrigan said in the release. "It also lays the groundwork for what kind of standards and certification criteria should be considered and put into practice for health IT use measures."
The reports stem from work done by NQF’s Health Information Technology Utilization Expert Panel as well as its Clinical Decision Support Expert Panel.
Dr. Floyd Eisenberg, NQF’s senior vice president for health IT, said the material in the reports will help patients and providers to make better healthcare decisions.