Research Activities March 2013, No. 391
Clinical quality measures useful in estimating quality across different electronic health records
Health Information Technology
A recent study supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) examined the sensitivity and specificity of clinical quality measures generated by electronic health records. "Accuracy of Electronically Reported Meaningful Use Clinical Quality Measures: A Cross-Sectional Study" appeared in the Annals of Internal Medicine on January 15. The study looked at the accuracy of interoperable electronic reporting for 12 quality measures, finding that 9 of the clinical quality measures showed good consistency in estimating quality of care. This suggests that electronic quality measurement has the capability to identify areas in need of improvement and quantify the impact of changes that have been made. This research was a part of AHRQ’s ongoing efforts to study ways to improve electronically enabled quality measurement. For a short video about this project, select: http://healthit.ahrq.gov/EQMKaushalVideo. The abstract is available at: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23318309.