Primer on Continuous Quality Improvement (QI) Strategies
This online Toolkit for implementing a new or upgraded electronic health record (EHR) system includes a primer with short descriptions of the following continuous quality improvement approaches: Model for Improvement, Lean, Six Sigma, and the Baldridge Quality Model. It also contains a chart to help practices decide which approach is most appropriate for them. By providing an orientation to quality improvement approaches, the primer helps practices make changes consistent with Key Driver 2: Implement a data-driven quality improvement process to integrate evidence into practice procedures.
Institution of origin: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)
Author(s): RTI International, with substantive contributions by the Regional Extension Centers (RECs)
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Acknowledgements: Funded by The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) under the U.S. Government contract HHSA29020090021I.
Note: To access the Continuous Quality Improvement Strategies Primer: Select the hyperlink (https://www.healthit.gov/resource/practice-transformation-toolkit) and follow instructions for installing the Practice Transformation Toolkit. Once the Toolkit opens, click on the block titled, “Continuous Quality Improvement Strategies Primer” under the “Evaluation and CQI” column. On the left of your screen will be the components of the primer.