Wednesday 17th October, 2012
3:15pm to 3:55pm
The Beacon Communities are 17 communities who have funding from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to: build and strengthen health IT infrastructure and information exchange capabilities, translate investments in health IT to measureable improvements in health care cost, quality, and population health, and test innovative, evidence-generating approaches to improve health care performance measurement, technology integration, and delivery. Generating, accessing, extracting and aggregating data to enable community-level health data analysis offers unique challenges in an IT-enabled environment. Among these challenges is extracting data from health IT systems to support performance measurement and quality improvement. Challenges include accessing and using both structured and unstructured data, as well as managing data quality issues with structured data—including inconsistent or differential data entry by providers, missing data, and a lack of data standards and consistent coding practices. Finally, community-level measurement requires that data be aggregated across multiple sites and sources.
Three Beacon communities – Colorado, Crescent City, and Western NY – are tackling these challenges head on. Each community has developed their own tools for assessing data quality at the practice level and their own processes for collaborating with each practice to improve the quality of their data in order to obtain accurate measurement results. A representative from the ONC will discuss how their experiences continue to inform the ONC’s policy agenda.
Participants will have a robust discussion of the data quality challenges they faced, key aspects of developing data quality assessments, their experience collaborating with practices, and the ways in which their practices are using measurement results to drive quality improvement.
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