Leadership Profile: NCQA's Digital Measures: Innovations in Quality Measurement Reporting

With the broad scale availability of digital health information, quality measurement has evolved to take advantage of the rich clinical information contained within electronic health records. Quality measures are transforming from a paper-based format to a digital format. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is harnessing the power of digital measures by not only…

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Healthcare Quality Congress

Late last week, I had the opportunity to spend three very informative days at the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Healthcare Quality Congress (HQC) with a variety of industry stakeholders, thought leaders and policy makers. I left with three exciting and inescapable takeaways for our industry. First, the fundamental transformation of our healthcare payment…

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Digital Transformation for Healthcare Webinar

In July 2019, NCQA released 11 HEDIS® Electronic Clinical Data System (ECDS) digital measures, with eight additional measures to be released this Fall. The measures bundle gives payers access to clinical quality language (CQL), but implementing those measures without a digital strategy is difficult to execute. Watch our Digital Transformation for Health Plans webinar to:…

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Guideline & Research Organizations Working for Transparency & Harmonization

Dr. Blackford Middleton, Chief Informatics and Innovation Officer at Apervita, is a leading pioneer in clinical informatics. He recently wrote an article on digital health platforms for GROWTH (Guideline & Research Organizations Worldwide for Transparency & Harmonization). Created by Doctor Evidence, GROWTH promotes the spread of evidence-based knowledge through collaboration and data sharing, globally and…

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HIMSS19 Conference: Champions of Health Unite

Despite nearly two decades working in healthcare IT, I actually hadn’t been to HIMSS since 2016. With that time and distance, I was struck by how the physical changes I noticed on the HIMSS floor directly reflect the changes in our industry. Subjective observations of HIMSS are interesting, but the statistics tell a larger story.…

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2018 HITECH Report to Congress

Patients, providers and payers need shared access to clinical data and insights in order to generate real value from that data, according to a new report published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). In ONC’s 2018 Update on the Adoption of a Nationwide System for the Electronic Use and Exchange of…

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Blackford Middleton, MD, MPH, MS

Dr. Blackford Middleton, Chief Informatics and Innovation Officer at Apervita, is a leading pioneer in clinical informatics. He is internationally recognized for his early and continued work in clinical decision support, electronic health records, patient-centered computing, patient safety and quality management, and more. In addition to his role at Apervita, he also serves as Chair…

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