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Overview

Through the data validation process, valuable information is gained that can then be used to improve performance around patient care or quality of care metrics.  Improving quality performance may take the form of improving data collection processes, better identifying patients who need additional interventions, or decreasing missed opportunities to provide patients appropriate interventions, among other possibilities. This section includes guidance on leveraging Health IT to improve quality performance including change packages for recommended approaches related to various quality of care measures.

Improving Performance Resources
Addressing Childhood Obesity in Health Centers
Addressing Childhood Obesity in Health Centers

Addressing Childhood Obesity in Health Centers

The HITEQ Center interviewed ten health centers and health center partners to identify solutions and promising practices for addressing childhood obesity across the health center program. The focus included how health centers are meeting the Uniform Data System (UDS) measure and how they are taking further steps to identify and intervene with those at risk of obesity leveraging health information technology, electronic health records, and the data they have. Seven key areas are identified in the resulting issue brief.

Using Social Determinants of Health Data & New Technology Tools to Connect with Appropriate Community Resources
Using Social Determinants of Health Data & New Technology Tools to Connect with Appropriate Community Resources

Using Social Determinants of Health Data & New Technology Tools to Connect with Appropriate Community Resources

The collection of data related to patients' non-medical needs through use of Social Determinant of Health (SDoH) assessment tools, can accelerate systemic population health improvement, as well as engage patients in addressing their social non-medical needs (such as transportation, shelter, or intimate partner violence services) through coordinated access to appropriate services. This case study discusses the process a health center may use to identify and stratify need, and profiles a number of new technologies, including Aunt Bertha, Now Pow, and 211 Community Information Exchange, for connecting patients to appropriate community resources.

 

HITEQ Highlights: Using Health Information Technology to Facilitate SBIRT Service Delivery in Health Centers
HITEQ Highlights: Using Health Information Technology to Facilitate SBIRT Service Delivery in Health Centers

HITEQ Highlights: Using Health Information Technology to Facilitate SBIRT Service Delivery in Health Centers

This HITEQ Highlights webinar discussed the use of health information technologies (IT) to facilitate the workflow of providing Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) services. Focus areas included: coding and billing for SBIRT services, using health IT to enhance SBIRT screening, communication, data capture and documentation, clinical decision support, and information sharing and reporting. The webinar presented examples and experiences of health centers currently using health IT to facilitate effective SBIRT service delivery.

Improving Diabetes Outcomes
Improving Diabetes Outcomes

Improving Diabetes Outcomes

According to 2016 UDS data, an estimated 14.3% of Federally Qualified Health Center patients nationwide have diabetes. Of these 2 million plus patients living with diabetes, approximately 32% have uncontrolled diabetes, with HbA1c equal to or above 9% or have had no test in the prior year. These statistics bring forth the need for improvement in the care of diabetes; several resources and research outcomes are profiled here with specific takeaways for health centers.

EHR Optimization Series: Part Three of Three
EHR Optimization Series: Part Three of Three

EHR Optimization Series: Part Three of Three

The third of a three-part EHR Optimization series focused on establishing goals and expectations for optimizing EHR utilization and sharing proven strategy/tools for optimizing EHR utilization, including slides and related tools. 

EHR Optimization Series: Part Two of Three
EHR Optimization Series: Part Two of Three

EHR Optimization Series: Part Two of Three

The second of a three-part EHR Optimization series focused on establishing goals and expectations for optimizing EHR utilization and sharing proven strategy/tools for optimizing EHR utilization, including slides and related tools.

EHR Optimization Series: Part One of Three
EHR Optimization Series: Part One of Three

EHR Optimization Series: Part One of Three

The first of a three-part EHR Optimization series focused on establishing goals and expectations for optimizing EHR utilization and sharing proven strategy/tools for optimizing EHR utilization, including slides and related tools. 

Quality Report Inventory
Quality Report Inventory

Quality Report Inventory

This Report Inventory tool is a means to make public all available reports, the schedule for publishing to the organization, and their distribution. 

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.

Empanelment: Defining and Establishing Patient-Provider Relationships
Empanelment: Defining and Establishing Patient-Provider Relationships

Empanelment: Defining and Establishing Patient-Provider Relationships

Empanelment is the basis for population health management and the key to continuity of care. Accepting responsibility for a finite number of patients, instead of the universe of patients seeking care in the practice, allows the provider and care team to focus more directly on the needs of each patient. Inside, find guidance for establishing and maintaining patient panels.

How to get your EHR to Match Reality for UDS Measures on Depression
How to get your EHR to Match Reality for UDS Measures on Depression

How to get your EHR to Match Reality for UDS Measures on Depression

Does your agency’s UDS report accurately reflect the work you do for depression screening and other behavioral health integration activities? Join this webinar to learn strategies and steps your team can use to make the most of the EHR to support improved health outcomes for your patients. Gain insight from a health technology expert and practical tips from an agency who learned to make their EHR a true part of the team to improve UDS depression measures through inputting and analyzing depression screening data from the EHR.

Using Health Technology to Improve Performance on Clinical Quality Measures
Using Health Technology to Improve Performance on Clinical Quality Measures

Using Health Technology to Improve Performance on Clinical Quality Measures

HealthNet’s successful use of Health IT to move metrics is highlighted in case studies focused on the value of leveraging IT to standardize care and improve patient outcomes. With the assistance of electronic health records and a variety of IT interventions, HealthNet has reduced low birth weights, improved care outcomes for pediatric patients, and significantly increased patient satisfaction.

Guide to Improving Care Processes and Outcomes in Health Centers
Guide to Improving Care Processes and Outcomes in Health Centers

Guide to Improving Care Processes and Outcomes in Health Centers

The quality improvement (QI) approach outlined in this Guide can be used to augment current QI approaches used in your health center, or can serve as a placeholder QI methodology when there isn’t already a robust QI process in place.

It provides a framework and tools for documenting, analyzing, sharing and improving key workflows and information flows that drive performance on high-stakes care performance measures, and related improvement imperatives.

This webpage provides strategies and tools that health centers and their partners can use to enhance care processes and outcomes targeted for improvement, such as hypertension and diabetes control, preventive care, and many others.

Hallmarks of High Performance
Hallmarks of High Performance

Hallmarks of High Performance

This analysis from Capital Link examines the operating models, strategies, and practices of high-performing health centers to better understand the factors that work for and against the co-occurrence of strong clinical performance and financial sustainability.

Five Minutes of Quality Improvement
Five Minutes of Quality Improvement

Five Minutes of Quality Improvement

This brief presentation provides some ideas for tackling small quality improvement tasks that can generate some quick wins or provide helpful insight when considering larger health IT enabled quality improvement projects. Gather your quality improvement team to review and start with one of these small efforts.

Steps for Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates
Steps for Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates

Steps for Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates

The goal of this manual is to offer evidence-based, expert-endorsed recommendations for planning and implementing strategies in CHCs to improve colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates. It provides step by step instructions for CHC teams to improve CRC screening and outcomes in practice and the appendices in this manual include a number of tested and proven tools.

Undiagnosed Hypertension in the Safety Net
Undiagnosed Hypertension in the Safety Net

Undiagnosed Hypertension in the Safety Net

With the shift to value-based care, managing chronic diseases effectively is critical. Health centers will need to make sure they are treating all patients with elevated blood pressure – including patients with undiagnosed hypertension who are “hiding in plain sight.” 

HITEQ Highlights: Addressing Childhood Obesity in Health Centers
HITEQ Highlights: Addressing Childhood Obesity in Health Centers

HITEQ Highlights: Addressing Childhood Obesity in Health Centers

This webinar focused on how to improve child weight screening, nutrition and physical activity counselling, and design appropriate and meaningful interventions according to health center peers. Discussion and demonstrations of how you may be able to optimize your EHR to encourage accurate and complete collection of required data, and identify children who may need intervention also took place.  A number of tools that support this quality improvement around addressing child weight and potential for obesity were discussed, including Bright Futures guidance and data validation tools from HITEQ.

HITEQ Highlights: Using Health Information Technology to Enhance Opioid Use Disorder Treatment
HITEQ Highlights: Using Health Information Technology to Enhance Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

HITEQ Highlights: Using Health Information Technology to Enhance Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

The Health Information Technology, Evaluation, and Quality Center (HITEQ) hosted this webinar on promising and innovative practices for the use of health information technologies (IT) to enhance opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment. The discussion focused on how various health information technology practices and tools, including electronic health records and prescription drug monitoring programs, can be used to enhance OUD services and specifically medication assisted treatment (MAT). The webinar also featured the experiences and practices of health centers which are currently using health IT to enhance OUD services..

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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