Providers need clear and concise instructions on how best to use health information technology systems to measure clinical quality, according to comments submitted by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives to HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
In July, AHRQ issued a request for information seeking feedback on its efforts to bolster health IT-enabled quality measures. The agency announced Wednesday that it had extended the comment period to Sept. 21 from its original Aug. 20 deadline.
In a three-page letter dated Aug. 23 (PDF), CHIME praised AHRQ for tackling the difficult task of improving electronic quality measurement. But the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based group, which represents more than 1,400 CIOs, also pushed AHRQ to define the next steps for providers.
"The accurate reporting of electronic quality measures is one of the most daunting challenges faced by providers today," CHIME said in its comments. "Through our experience with meaningful use and other quality reporting programs, we found that although (electronic health-record) products were able to automatically produce (clinical quality measure) reports, the data was inaccurate, inconsistent and largely incomparable across different providers."