The Joint Commission has recognized five hospitals/healthcare systems as 2019 Pioneers in Quality Expert Contributors for their efforts to lead electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) knowledge and utilization. This year’s Expert Contributors are:
- Baptist Health: Jacksonville, Florida
- Johns Hopkins Health System: Baltimore
- Memorial Hermann/QPSIC & ISD Enterprise Analytics: Houston
- HCA/Terre Haute Regional Hospital,: Terre Haute, Indiana.
- University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Through eCQMs—which rely on structured, encoded data present in the electronic health record (EHR)—healthcare organizations electronically collect and transmit data on the quality of care patients receive. This data is analyzed to measure and improve care processes, performance, and outcomes.
“We are proud to recognize this year’s Expert Contributors. Their efforts have offered unique insight into eCQMs and health-information technology,” says David W. Baker, MD, MPH, FACP, executive vice president, Division of Health Care Quality Evaluation, The Joint Commission. “We encourage other healthcare organizations to learn from these eCQM leaders to successfully use data to drive their quality improvement efforts.”
The Expert Contributors will present during an upcoming Pioneers in Quality 2019 Proven Practices webinar series hosted by The Joint Commission. The organizations will share their eCQM practices and successes with other hospitals and health care systems across the country:
- August 27, 11 a.m. CT: “Improving eCQM Accuracy to Drive Quality Improvement”
- September 12, 1 p.m. CT: “Moving from Retrospective to Concurrent eCQM Review to Streamline eCQM Accuracy Activities and Improve Results”
- September 24, 11 a.m. CT: “Proactive Hospital/Health System Engagement to Undertake eCQM Development and Testing”
Pioneers in Quality is a Joint Commission program to assist hospitals on their eCQM journey to improve eCQM data use for quality improvement. The program includes educational programs, such as webinars for continuing education units (CEUs); a resource portal; hospital recognition for pioneering practices; an advisory council; a publication to share peer-to-peer learning; speaker’s bureau outreach; and work with eCQM stakeholders.