Measures are becoming both more precise and more complex. The next generation of measures will span healthcare settings and episodes of care to present a more complete picture of care. In the public arena, reporting of measures will become clearer and easier for patients and their families to understand and use.
Wider adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) can spur measure use enormously. A tremendous boon for patient care and patient experience, EHRs put all the relevant information, including a patient’s medical history, at a provider’s fingertips. Patients can avoid duplicate tests or imaging. EHRs will also make measurement and performance data available on a real-time basis, making healthcare much more responsive to patient needs. Without good data, healthcare systems simply cannot accurately measure and assess performance.
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