COVID-19 Underscores The Need For Digital Quality Measurement

August 27, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified August 28, 2020

This Health Affairs blog post written by Benjamin Hamlin, Margaret O’Kane, Michael Barr, and Paul Cotton highlights the importance of digital quality measurement, a method to combat weaknesses to developing clinical guidelines shown throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Utilizing digital quality measurement can enable better care with less burden on clinicians. According to the post, digital quality measurements are especially adept at using electronic sources’ rich clinical information in ways not possible with measures based predominantly on claims and limited by prior logic model shortcomings. The authors of the post also argue this method reduces burden, as many existing quality measures impose substantial burden and costs associated with collecting, processing, analyzing, and reporting quality data.

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