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Health Information Technology Automation of Quality Measurement: Quality Data Set and Data Flow 

Date of Publication:
NOV 2009
Associated Project:
Health IT Expert Panel II (HITEP II)
The Quality Data Set (QDS) provides a common technological framework for defining clinical data necessary to measure performance and accelerate improvement in patients’ quality of care. By providing a common language to describe the information within quality measures, the QDS enables quality measurement from a variety of electronic sources, including electronic health records (EHRs), personal health records (PHRs), registries, and health information exchanges (HIEs). The QDS framework is applicable to all care settings a patient is likely to use in his or her lifetime. This QDS framework creates a dynamic product that will enable versioning, growth, and expansion to meet future needs for measurement and guideline implementation.