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Accessing Data for QI

As adoption of EHRs has increased, so have the concerns about ability to access the data needed to drill down into quality improvement efforts or even reporting requirements. Depending on the type of system being used, data may be cloud based, on a remote server, or on a local server. Further, data may be accessible through preprogrammed, ad hoc, or custom reports, but there may be greater challenges to accessing raw data or data that can be analyzed for quality improvement purposes. Resources in this section address these challenges and provide actionable information for accessing the data needed.

Accessing your Data
Utilizing and Integrating Behavioral Health Data into a Health Center’s Primary Care Services
Utilizing and Integrating Behavioral Health Data into a Health Center’s Primary Care Services

Utilizing and Integrating Behavioral Health Data into a Health Center’s Primary Care Services

As more health centers seek to break down siloes that can fragment patient care, collaboration with or integration of behavioral health care has been strengthened, although data integration remains difficult and privacy remains paramount. This brief discusses some of the approaches, successes, and challenges in integrating behavioral health data within primary care services.

Data Dictionary Tool and Template
Data Dictionary Tool and Template

Data Dictionary Tool and Template

This Data Dictionary provides a single point of reference for data mapping and interpretation for all of the indicators in your quality reports. Organization of the data definitions in this tool provides a reference for the team of all such definitions that impact reports and alerts in the analytics application.

EHR Optimization Guides
EHR Optimization Guides

EHR Optimization Guides

Million Hearts® EHR Optimization Guides help healthcare professionals leverage their EHR systems to excel in the ABCS. Through helpful step by step instructions, the Guides illustrate how providers can use their EHR products to find, use, and improve data on the Million Hearts® clinical quality measures. Ultimately, these guides facilitate the identification of at-risk patients, helping clinical teams across the country protect their patients from heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular events.

Accessing your Data
Accessing your Data

Accessing your Data

Intended to assist in ensuring full use and understanding of capabilities of current system and assessing the need for additional population health management or data integration tools, this checklist describes the steps health center quality improvement and IT staff can take to ensure they are maximizing the population health management and other capacity of current systems. It Included are questions around the system itself, report generation, training, and resulting data, as well as considerations before and after you contact your vendor.

HITEQ Highlights Webinar: Developing Effective Data Dashboards

HITEQ Highlights Webinar: Developing Effective Data Dashboards

The best dashboards give health centers actionable information at their fingertips, and use great design practices to focus a user’s attention on the most important information on the page. The HITEQ Center presented tips on how to develop effective data dashboards including designers and users, common pitfalls in dashboard design and how to avoid them, and dashboard software for consideration. The Indiana Quality Improvement Network (a health center controlled network housed within the state’s Primary Care Association) shared their experience in developing custom data dashboards for health centers in Indiana and beyond. Kislaya Kunjan, PhD (Health IT Director at IQIN) demonstrated multiple dashboards developed by their organization, and how much of it is publicly available on their website (www.indianapca.org/dashboard) for the benefit of health centers and affiliated organizations across the US.

NPDB Technical Assistance Webinar: Health Center Attestation
NPDB Technical Assistance Webinar: Health Center Attestation

NPDB Technical Assistance Webinar: Health Center Attestation

Starting in August, a process called attestation will begin, during which Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and FQHC look-alikes will verify that they have submitted all reportable clinical privileges actions to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB). They will be asked to do this as part of their organization’s registration renewal.

Health Datapalooza
Health Datapalooza

Health Datapalooza

The 8th Annual Health Datapalooza is the gathering place for people and organizations creating knowledge from data and pioneering innovations that drive health policy and practice. Registration is available for attendance via webinar and in-person.

Hospice Quality Reporting Program: Public Reporting Webinar
Hospice Quality Reporting Program: Public Reporting Webinar

Hospice Quality Reporting Program: Public Reporting Webinar

During this webinar, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will discuss the new Preview Reports for Hospices that will be available to providers in the near future. Participants will gain an understanding of how to access these reports, how to interpret the contents of these reports, and what to do if they believe their report contains an error.

Success Stories: Building a Robust Data Infrastructure that Supports Alternative Payment Models (APMs)
Success Stories: Building a Robust Data Infrastructure that Supports Alternative Payment Models (APMs)

Success Stories: Building a Robust Data Infrastructure that Supports Alternative Payment Models (APMs)

This LAN Learnings webinar will highlight two organizations that have used different data sharing infrastructure approaches in their market areas and provided benefits to multiple stakeholders including payers, providers and purchasers. Panelists David Kendrick of MyHealth Access Network, Tulsa OK and Mylia Christensen of Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation will address partnerships established, barriers overcome, sources of funding, lessons learned, and examples of data available to the various stakeholders.

Acknowledgements

This resource collection was compiled by the HITEQ Center staff with guidance from HITEQ Advisory Committee members and collaborators of the HITEQ Center.

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