September 27, 2011 | Barb Carr

Improve Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety by Using Electronic Medical Records

The integration of health information technology with quality management  in health care is compelling, since the ability to enhance quality  cannot occur without data.

Donald E. Lighter, MD, Director, Institute for Healthcare Quality Research & Education, and Tommy Garnett, Vice President, Patient Safety Solutions & Consulting, Inc. plan to address how to improve healthcare quality and patient safety by using electronic medical records at the 2012 Global TapRooT® Summit.

The presenters will bring two perspectives to the program – the military approach to use of EMR data, and the commercial sector use of data for quality improvement. Although the case for use of EMR data for quality is undeniable, the practical aspects of using unstructured data subject to the variation caused when different practitioners enter data in non-standard ways can create real challenges in a quality management system.

Measurement in health care has become one of the predominant themes, with metrics from the National Quality Forum,  CMS, payers, and specialty societies serving as the basis for evaluating the quality and cost of medical services in the new valuebased purchasing environment brought on by health care reform.

These two presenters will lead a discussion of these issues and provide some of their experience in this fast-changing area. Additionally, a vision for the integrated quality system of the future will be described for consideration and discussion.

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