Driving Quality—A Health IT Assessment Frameworkor Measurement: A Consensus Report
i National Quality Forum
THE U.S. HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
is burdened by high costs and inecient deliverymodels. Shortcomings in quality inormation available to providers and consumerscontribute to these challenges. Health IT is considered a promising tool that can provideinormation to healthcare stakeholders, allowing them to make care decisions based onindividual preerences and evidence-based practices, and in doing so, improve quality,saety, and eciency o the health system. As policy makers, providers, and payersincreasingly look to health IT to provide actionable inormation, it is critical to developan inrastructure that also enables the collection o comparable inormation on how andwhen health IT systems are used.In 2008, the National Quality Forum (NQF) endorsed nine structural voluntary consensusstandards, developed by the Health IT Structural Measures Panel, to assess and encourageclinician adoption o health IT. NQF’s endorsement o these standards was an initial startor health IT adoption to help improve quality o care. Next, NQF recognized the need to
advance understanding o the specic eatures and unctions o health IT that improve quality.In January 2010, NQF convened the Health IT Utilization Expert Panel, which included
broad representation rom the healthcare community, to develop the Health IT UtilizationAssessment Framework. The ramework, described in detail in this report, is designed tohelp dene, understand, and measure how providers use health IT systems. It also identiesimportant and common approaches or how we should build health IT systems to captureinormation about their meaningul use and lays a oundation or the development ohealth IT usage measures.NQF thanks the Health IT Utilization Expert Panel members, the Expert Panel’s Chair,Blackord Middleton, Vice Chair Eric Schneider, and NQF members or their contributionsto developing an inrastructure that, in the uture, will make inormation widely availableand signicantly improve the quality o care delivered in this country.
Janet M. Corrigan, PhD, MBAPresident and Chie Executive Ofcer