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The Joint Commission Urges Development of a National Performance Measurement Data Strategy
Date:3/6/2008

Expert Roundtable Calls for Action to Improve Quality, Accountability

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., March 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Health care organizations, practitioners, purchasers, oversight bodies and the public all rely on performance data to determine priority areas for quality improvement, evaluate performance, and make informed health care decisions. Yet, most performance measurement efforts operate in isolation from one another, rarely provide a consistent picture of overall quality, and represent a significant cost to the health care industry, according to a call for action released today by The Joint Commission.

The Joint Commission's newest public policy white paper, "Development of a National Performance Measurement Data Strategy," proposes a framework for creating a data infrastructure to support performance measurement activities that improve the quality of American health care. The detailed solutions, proposed by a special Joint Commission expert Roundtable, focus on creating a data infrastructure that addresses consumer expectations for data privacy, supporting a data highway that allows for data sharing and linkages, and operating under an agreed-upon set of rules and governance structure.

"The time has come to harness the many performance measurement efforts by creating a data infrastructure so information can be shared and translated into powerful tools for decision-making and improvement," says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., M.P.P., M.P.H. "Although there are significant challenges, the work of the Roundtable clearly shows that this is a matter of will. We must invest the necessary resources and engage in a collaborative effort to provide credible, accurate and useful health care performance information."

The Joint Commission expert Roundtable offers 22 principles for the development of a national performance measurement data strategy, and identifies the following three broad strategies to guide national perform
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