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NQF Releases Reports on HIT Use

The National Quality Forum (NQF) released two reports this morning related to the effective use of health information technology (HIT).

The report, “Driving Quality—A Health IT Assessment Framework for Measurement,” examines, defines, and organizes the data needed to measure effective health IT use to better understand how health IT tools can improve the efficiency, quality, and safety of healthcare delivery.

NQF’s report on “Driving Quality and Performance Measurement—A Foundation for Clinical Decision Support” details the Forum’s Clinical Decision Support Taxonomy, which is composed of four functional categories that classify and categorize the CDS information necessary for quality improvement: 1) triggers, 2) input data, 3) interventions, and 4) action steps. The NQF CDS Taxonomy provides a foundation for the description of an electronic infrastructure, bridging quality measurement and health IT. Specifically, the taxonomy will enable quality measure developers, clinical system implementers, and vendors to be more effective in developing, sharing, implementing, and evaluating the effectiveness of different approaches to applying CDS aligned with quality measurement.

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HIT Certification Bodies Announced

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) named the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) and the Drummond Group as the initial organizations qualified to test and certify electronic health record (EHR) systems as capable of meeting the meaningful-use criteria of the federal health IT subsidy program established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.  At this time, these ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies (ONC-ATCBs) will be the only two entities that can certify EHRs in the “temporary” certification program outlined by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology in a recently released rule.  This may be an indication of a relatively small number of entities that will eventually be certifying EHRs and EHR modules as meeting the criteria for meaningful use, but in a statement HHS confirmed additional ONC-ATCBs were under review.

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