HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has asked a variety of healthcare industry players about effective ways to develop health information technology-enabled quality measures.
AHRQ seeks comment on health IT quality measures
In a notice published Friday in the Federal Register, AHRQ noted that quality measurement has been generated mostly through paper chart information, manual chart abstraction and the analysis of administrative claims data. Now the agency would like providers, payers, system developers, quality-measurement developers and consumers to provide information on current successful strategies and challenges related to quality measurement through health information technology.
“Some institutions have successfully used health IT to generate health IT-enabled quality measures, which may be retooled versions of established paper-based or administrative data-driven quality measures or (preferably) they are 'de novo' quality measures that were developed with the capabilities of health IT in mind,” according to the notice. “These new health IT-enabled quality measures seek to leverage the use of electronic clinical data capture, analysis, and reporting to measure and report electronically enabled quality measures in order to facilitate improvements in the quality of care provided.”
In its request, the agency asked for answers to 15 questions, such as how to motivate measure developers to create new health IT-enabled measures; what is the infrastructure needed to ensure the development of some more difficult quality measures; and what is the best way to educate providers on the importance of health IT-enabled measures.
AHRQ will accept comments for the next 30 days and expects to release a summary report to the public next summer.
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