Getting to accurate electronic clinical quality measures can be a challenge

Healthcare IT News: Electronic clinical quality measures were created years ago as part of the federal EHR Incentive Programs, or meaningful use. At the time, eCQMs held the promise of automatically extracting the discrete data elements required to capture a specific measures of clinical quality, without human intervention.

The intent of the initial set of eCQMs was based on capturing processes of care provided to patients to determine if a patient received quality care based on evidence-based practices. But 10 years after eCQMs first were proposed, EHR vendors and healthcare providers still struggle with extracting the existing eCQMs in an accurate way that reflects the quality of care.

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