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Health Care IT: Concepts in Clinical Measurement

NQF releases two studies on assisting appropriate health IT use

Published: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 14:39

(National Quality Forum: Washington) -- Two new studies by the National Quality Forum (NQF) are designed to promote future work in clinical decision support (CDS) and expand the understanding of the benefits of health information technology (HIT) tools on care delivery.

The reports “lay the groundwork for what kind of standards and certification criteria should be considered and put into practice for health IT use measures,” says NQF’s president and CEO Janet Corrigan.

The first report, “Driving Quality: A Model to Measure Electronic Health IT Use,” is based on the work of NQF’s Health Information Technology Utilization Expert Panel, which developed a HIT use-assessment framework. The framework was created to provide a new approach to measuring the use of HIT tools and how that use improves care processes, quality, and safety.

The panel’s work expands on the quality data set, a model of information that describes clinical concepts used in quality measurement and clinical care, according to NQF.

For the second report, “Driving Quality and Performance Measurement: A Foundation for Clinical Decision Support,” NQF convened another expert panel to develop a CDS taxonomy. The report is designed to provide a foundation for describing an electronic infrastructure to bridge quality measurement and HIT.


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The National Quality Forum (NQF) operates under a three-part mission to improve the quality of American health care: setting national priorities and goals for performance improvement, endorsing national consensus standards for measuring and publicly reporting on performance, and promoting the attainment of national goals through education and outreach programs. In 2008, NQF convened the National Priorities Partnership, a collaborative effort of 32 major national organizations that collectively influence every part of the health care system. By focusing on high-leverage priorities and goals and taking collective action to reach them, the partnership strives to transform health care from the inside out, where it has the best chance to succeed.