Joint Commission urges development of a national performance data strategy
The Commission’s white paper, “Development of a National Performance Measurement Data Strategy,” proposes a framework for creating a data infrastructure to support performance measurement activities that improve the quality of U.S. healthcare.
The strategy, proposed by a Commission roundtable, focused on creating a data infrastructure that addresses consumer expectations for data privacy, supporting a data highway that allows for data sharing and linkages and operating under an agreed-upon set of rules and governance structure.
“The time has come to harness the many performance measurement efforts by creating a data infrastructure so information can be shared and translated into powerful tools for decision-making and improvement,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD. “Although there are significant challenges, the work of the roundtable clearly shows that this is a matter of will. We must invest the necessary resources and engage in a collaborative effort to provide credible, accurate and useful healthcare performance information.”
The Commission’s expert roundtable offers 22 principles for the development of a national performance measurement data strategy and identifies the following three broad strategies to guide national performance measurement efforts:
- Create a framework for a national performance measurement system that meets the needs of the various users of, and stakeholders in, performance data by standardizing measure definitions and data collection processes.
- Build a data highway to support the exchange of health information whose interoperability permits data exchange and aggregation when warranted.
- Engage stakeholders and engender trust by addressing concern over the privacy of personal health information.