Health IT-Enabled Quality Measurement
Improving the quality of care is a top priority for the United States’ health care system and there are a number of efforts underway to improve the quality of health care. Health IT and quality measurement factor strongly into a reformed health care delivery and financing system, and health IT holds great promise for facilitating accurate and timely reporting of measures to intended users.
The “Health IT-Enabled Quality Measurement: Perspectives, Pathways, and Practical Guidance” report is the culmination of an intensive two-year study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and conducted jointly with Booz Allen Hamilton. Stakeholders’ insights were solicited on current challenges, infrastructure gaps, and successful strategies for the next phase of health IT-enabled quality measurement and reporting. This report presents insights in a tiered fashion, offering readers the opportunity to glean high-level insights or explore contextual information in a more substantive narrative. The findings fall into three categories:
- Perspectives—Differing perspectives inform stakeholders’ priorities, investments, and expectations in their pursuit of health IT-enabled quality measurement and the extent to which such quality measurement is able to support efficient system(s) of quality improvement.
- Pathways—A number of critical topic areas need to be addressed in order to advance health IT-enabled quality measurement. The report focuses on measure development, implementation, and testing; data elements and data capture; data access, sharing, aggregation, and integration; patient engagement; and collaboration and education.
- Practical Guidance—Delineation of 111 prospective research activities or infrastructure enhancements are organized around five topic areas. An illustrative catalog of more than 150 programs and initiatives active in the area of health IT-enabled quality measurement is searchable by program characteristics.
To download the full report, visit the AHRQ website.