The National Quality Forum (NQF) announces the conversion of 113 NQF-endorsed measures from a paper-based format to an electronic “eMeasure” format. The conversion, requested by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in compliance with the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, will allow the measures to be more easily readable by electronic health record (EHR) systems. The converted measures will be available for public and member comment through April 1, 2011.
The use of eMeasures offers many benefits and efficiencies including: greater consistency in measure development and in measuring and comparing performance results; providing more exact requirements or “specifications” about where information should be collected; greater standardization across the measures; and greater confidence in comparing outcomes and provider performance. This conversion should ensure that performance measure data are consistently defined, implemented, and usable in the context of an EHR and support the meaningful use requirements.