AHRQ Releases Report on Improving Quality Through Health IT

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a new report highlighting ideas and best practices to improve care quality through health IT.

The report summarizes findings from a June 2012 public request for information and subsequent focus group meetings, and provides a list of respondents' recommended steps toward advancing quality through health IT.

The report covers quality measure development, implementation and testing; data elements, data capture and tools to process unstructured data; data access, sharing, aggregation and integration; patient engagement and collaboration and education.

The intent of the report is to "share information, stimulate discussion, assist communication among stakeholders, facilitate understanding and provide guidance on potential infrastructure enhancements that could be pursued, individually or collectively."

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