Quality 101: A Guide to Quality Reporting by HIMSS

Quality and quality reporting are always referred to as the key elements in EMR incentives for meaningful use. HIMSS therefore has launched an online resource, called “Quality 101”, in order to assist the providers and vendors in better understanding the details behind these imperatives.

The Patient Safety & Quality Outcomes Committee of HIMSS developed this website to serve as a doorway to the premises of quality, quality measurement and quality improvement. The website will be introduced in two phases; phase one will act as a primer to quality measures and phase two will focus on the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle approach to quality improvement and related quality components.

Lou Diamond, chairman, HIMSS Patient Safety and Quality Outcomes Committee said: “Quality measurement and improvement activities have, until recently, been running on separate tracks and parallel tracks with the adoption of healthcare information technology. With the passage of ARRA and the meaningful use requirements for incentive payments from CMS, we have the de facto merging of these two activities.”

He also added that “the Quality 101 website will be attempting to bridge these two parallel worlds by providing basic information and updates focused on quality measurement and improvement.”

The Quality 101 website will provide information to its visitors on the following dimensions;

  • Quality – The Basics
  • Quality – Key Industry Players
  • Quality & Meaningful Use
  • Quality – Public Reporting
  • Quality/Cost Relationship
  • Quality – Clinical Decision Support
  • Quality – Resources

All the sections suggest updated information with links to additional background information on featured topics. Instead of searching for background information, current data, metrics or contact information, HIMSS Quality 101 will serve as an information aggregator, bringing all resources together.

“The ultimate purpose of meaningful use is to achieve quality.  A deep understanding of various factors which influence quality is vital to its success,” said David Collins, HIMSS Director. The Quality 101 website will provide an organized collection of resources for healthcare providers and health IT professionals so that the electronic medical records can be leveraged to capture data in order to monitor the outcomes and improve quality, safety, and efficiencies.