Critical Paths for Creating Data Platforms 


Recent legislation and related regulations have identified a number of performance measurement concepts that challenge current measurement capabilities. The National Quality Strategy, Meaningful Use, and the innovative pilot programs stemming from the Affordable Care Act all call for new approaches to measuring quality and affordability. These approaches often require new measurement domains, data sources, and data platforms. Many also require novel approaches to patient and provider workflow for capturing, sharing and storing data. The Critical Paths for Creating Data Platforms project will assess the readiness of electronic data to support selected innovative measurement concepts that are critical to HHS' policy needs. This year, two projects have been selected:

Project Approach

  • Convene a technical expert panel for each topic to define requirements for measurement and to develop a scoring mechanism for evaluating readiness for measurement
  • Conduct a focused environmental analysis for each topic that will identify the current capability to meet each requirement and apply the scoring mechanism
  • Develop a draft report for the measurement concept area that highlights the gaps and provides actionable steps to address them
    • Post a draft report on NQF's website for public comment  
    • Host a webinar to encourage public comment for inclusion in the final reports
  • Review and synthesize comments, and develop final reports on the critical pathways to enable electronic quality measurement
  • Recommend enhancements to the Quality Data Model to support measurement domains, data sources, and data platforms

Contact Information

For more information, please contact or call 202-783-1300.