The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has issued a request for information, seeking details from stakeholders on the successful strategies and challenges of using information technology to measure the quality of care.

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Quality measures generally are conducted via capturing information from patient charts, manual chart abstraction and analysis of administrative claims data, the agency notes. “Some institutions have successfully used health I.T. to generate health I.T.-enabled quality measures which may be retooled versions of established paper-based or administrative data-driven quality measures, or (preferably) they are ‘de novo’ quality measures that were developed with the capabilities of health I.T. in mind, according to the RFI, available here. These new health I.T.-enabled quality measures seek to leverage the use of electronic clinical data capture, analysis and reporting to measure and report electronically enabled quality measures in order to facilitate improvements in the quality of care provided.”

Consequently, the RFI asks 15 questions covering such areas as whose voices are not being heard as health I.T. increasingly facilities quality measurement; the infrastructure needed to develop measures of interest to consumers, or assess value, or assess quality across care settings; how to motivate developers to create new electronic quality measures; and what types of quality measures could be supported by a combination of natural language processing and structured data, among other issues.

AHRQ will publish the RFI in the Federal Register on July 20 with comments due within 30 days.

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