The Idaho Health Data Exchange (IHDE) is pleased to announce they are extending license renewal dates free of charge to Cohort One Clinics for up to an additional 12 months. IHDE will be in contact with the clinics to provide specifics on the licensing information. They appreciate the opportunity to serve our communities.
Once all clinical quality measures (CQMs) have been established, they’ll provide clinics, counties, regions, and the state with an impression of the overall health of their populations. It is therefore critical to have reliable and valid data in producing these measures. SHIP has spent the last few months creating a data quality improvement process that will insure reliable and valid data. We are excited to announce that the Idaho Health Data Exchange (IHDE) has dedicated a full-time Data Quality Improvement Specialist, Ruby Cash, to partner with SHIP to realize this goal.
Ruby has worked for the IHDE for nearly a year as a Training and Support Specialist. Prior to that she spent eight years as a Medical Assistant where she implemented and participated in many quality improvement initiatives. Ruby will be working with each clinic to help them improve the quality of their data and make this a productive and successful process.
Once clinics have established connections to IHDE, they will be able to verify the integrity of their reported CQMs via the data analytics system. At this point, due to a variety of individual clinic workflows, different EHRs, and the complexity of data, it is understood that clinics will most likely have data gaps. To address these gaps and improve the quality of their data, clinics will participate in the three to four-month data quality improvement process that will be guided by Ruby Cash. The objective of this process is to resolve data gaps so that the CQM reports in the SHIP data analytics system reflect more complete data.
We look forward to working with clinics and hope that this new data quality improvement process works to alleviate some of the concerns regarding data integrity and the reporting of clinical quality measures.
FORMATION OF THE DATA GOVERNANCE WORKGROUP – As many of you know, we will be creating a new SHIP Data Governance Workgroup to replace the HIT and CQM Workgroups and the Data Element Mapping Subcommittee of the HIT Workgroup. This new workgroup will support and advise on issues related to developing a statewide data analytics system on clinical quality measures (CQMs) as well as establishing clinic connections with the Idaho Healthcare Data Exchange (IHDE). These challenging goals are vital to improving care coordination through the use of EHRs and health data connections among PCMHs and to building an analytics system that tracks progress on selected CQMs. The workgroup membership will combine both clinical and health IT perspectives.
The Data Governance Workgroup will also advise on the security of patient records, the revised expectations of contractors Idaho Health Data Exchange (IHDE) and HealthTech Solutions (HTS), and will provide recommendations to the workflow of the statewide data analytics system. We anticipate that this new workgroup will first meet in May or early June.