The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, an advisory body to the Department of Health and Human Services, has made several recommendations to facilitate meaningful measurement of care quality using electronic health records.

A core purpose of the HITECH Act is to accelerate adoption and meaningful use of EHRs to measure and improve health care processes and outcomes, NCVHS noted in a recent letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "In order to effectively produce comparative quality data, EHRs must be designed with quality reporting requirements in mind. For example, EHRs must be designed to capture relevant clinical data using standardized data definitions and standardized quality measure definitions. To receive HITECH incentive payments, providers will need to collect specific data to build quality of care reports."

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