Stakeholders Nationwide Weigh in on IT’s Role in Healthcare Quality Measurement

  Stakeholders Nationwide Weigh in on IT’s Role in Healthcare Quality
  Measurement

Business Wire

MCLEAN, Va. -- December 3, 2013

According to a report released by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and
Quality (AHRQ), information technologies are playing a crucial role in
advancing the science of quality measurement but more can be done to apply it
to quality improvement.

Titled “Health IT-Enabled Quality Measurement: Perspectives, Pathways, and
Practical Guidance,” the report is the culmination of an intensive two-year
study funded by AHRQ and conducted jointly with Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE:
BAH). It is significant for the breadth, volume and diversity of inputs from
more than 200 stakeholders across the country, including providers, payors,
measure developers, consumer advocates, vendors, and government. Distilling
their direct feedback, the report presents possibilities for an ideal future
state of health IT-enabled quality measurement and provides practical
recommendations for incremental steps that organizations can prioritize now.

“Our clients are facing ever-growing demands to integrate quality measurement
and quality improvement – and that requires engagement across the healthcare
sector,” said Kristine Martin Anderson, an author of the report and a senior
vice president at Booz Allen. “Harnessed in the right way, the boom in
available healthcare information is a real opportunity to achieve better
outcomes with greater efficiency and collaboration among the many parties who
make a difference for patients.”

“Stakeholders consistently told us two things: small steps can make a big
difference, and peer examples are powerful,” said Rebecca Roper, an author of
the report and Director of AHRQ’s Practice Based Research Network Initiative.
“So, this report is highly practical and actionable. It includes a searchable
catalog of more than 150 health IT-enabled quality measurement projects
nationwide – both public and private – and more than 100 stakeholder
recommendations for meaningful, iterative advancements in health IT-enabled
quality measurement.”

For more than two decades, Booz Allen has worked with federal health agencies
to bring innovation, collaboration and strategy to research and health
communications efforts. For more information on the firm’s health expertise,
please visit www.boozallen.com/health.

To view the full report, please visit AHRQ’s website at
http://healthit.ahrq.gov/ahrq-funded-projects/health-it-enabled-quality-measurement.
The agency’s Request for Information that was issued to stakeholders, the
initial background report, and the national webinar about the effort are also
available.

About Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen Hamilton is a leading provider of management consulting,
technology, and engineering services to the U.S. government in defense,
intelligence, and civil markets, and to major corporations, institutions, and
not-for-profit organizations. Booz Allen is headquartered in McLean, Virginia,
employs more than 23,000 people, and had revenue of $5.76 billion for the 12
months ended March 31, 2013.

Contact:

Booz Allen Hamilton
Carrie Lake, 703-377-7785
Lake_Carrie@bah.com
 
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