• In 2016, the National Quality Forum (NQF) announced five winning concept papers for its Innovation Challenge, marking the launch of its Learning Collaborative. The contest challenged NQF members and others in the measure development community to submit novel approaches to improve quality measurement, addressing leading measurement challenges and gaps identified by the Measure Incubator working groups (see table below).

    Through the 2016-2017 Learning Collaborative Webinar Series, 2016 Innovation Challenge winners shared their innovative proposals. Access webinar recordings and materials below:

    • November 17 webinar, where Robert Phillips, American Board of Family Medicine discussed his proposal to use a new data registry open to all primary care physicians to identify and develop efforts to improve clinical practice and quality measures and S. Mani Marashi, Henry Ford Health System described a successful two-year pilot to report hospital-acquired venous thromboembolism events in real-time using data from EHRs, rather than claims—Moderated by Jeffrey Geppert, Battelle Memorial Institute
    • December 14 webinar, where Ellen Schultz and Michelle Langer, American Institutes for Research discussed their suggestion to use “bookmarking,” a method widely used in educational testing, to score and classify patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures and address this critically important measure gap area—Moderated by Ron Walters, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    • January 11 webinar, where Charlotta Lindvall, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute discussed her proposal to use natural language processing to develop quality measures in palliative surgery using electronic health record (EHR) data and Tracy Spinks, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center outlined a new, streamlined, standardized approach to implementing PRO measure sets in EHRs—Moderated by Ed Septimus, HCA

    NQF received 24 submissions for the 2016 Innovation Challenge. In early 2018, we will begin featuring these entries as permanent content for the Learning Collaborative.

    Please contact incubator@qualityforum.org with any questions about the Innovation Challenge.

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