The National Quality Forum (NQF) issued new measurement reports for telehealth and interoperability. Both issues are currently at the center of attention and discussion among federal policymakers, who are considering different bills that would expand telehealth reimbursement.
NQF identified four categories of interoperability:
- Quality and volume of health data exchange
- Health data usability
- Patient care applications
- Impact on patient safety, costs savings, and care coordination
Additionally, 53 potential measures were identified to measure these categories. NQF also identified four focus areas that address access to care:
- Financial impact for both payers and provider organizations
- User experience for patients
- Caregivers and provider organizations
- Technical and clinical effectiveness
NQF is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, membership-based organization that works to catalyze improvements in health care. NQF measures and standards serve as a foundation for initiatives to enhance health care value, make patient care safer, and achieve better outcomes.
This was reported by FierceHealthcare on September 5, 2017.
Contact Information: National Quality Forum, 1030 15th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20005; (202) 783-1300; Website: www.qualityforum.org