The path to Digital Quality Measures 2.0 starts with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Their Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set, better known as HEDIS, is the basis for many of the measures used in value-based payment programs across the country.Note: This is part 2 in a series. Checkout the rest of the Quality Measures series here.Designed to measure the performance of health plans on an apples-to-apples basis, HEDIS originally went where the data was available claims. And of course, when youre talking claims data then youre typically talking process measures. That is, are the right things being done?As health information technology matured, NCQA, HL7, and others began to design standards such as the Healthcare Quality Measures Format (HQMF) to enable electronic clinical quality measures (eCQM). This meant we could begin to measure clinical outcomes from data in the suddenly ubiquitous EHRs. It was a great start, but the whole industry was moving very quickly and with draft standards. Nearly 10 years later we still have vendors who are unable to support the format.

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