AHA Tells Hospitals to Slow Quality Data Generation

The results of the American Hospital Association's investigation into the efficacy of electronic clinical quality measures are clear: the rapid transition to electronic quality reporting has made the process less useful.

 According to the report, time clinicians spent working with electronic health records came without meaningful improvements in electronic quality reporting, raising institutional costs and adding to physicians' workloads without resulting in quality benefits.

The AHA noted that if electronic quality reporting continues on its current trajectory, hospitals will be unable to take advantage of the potential quality benefits electronic systems may offer. The organization recommended that current policy be redesigned so that hospitals may slow the quality data generation process by working with fewer electronic quality measures in a more meaningful way.  

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