November 29th, 2017

The Joint Commission has recognized Great River Medical Center as a 2017 Pioneers in Quality hospital for its contribution to electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data for quality improvement in health care. 

The Joint Commission is an independent, nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs in the U.S. It established the Pioneers in Quality program to help and recognize hospitals that report eCQM data and share best practices with other hospitals nationwide. 

Until recently, most hospitals collected information to measure health care quality by manually pulling data from patient records. Today, through eCQMs – which rely on structured, encoded data present in the electronic health record – hospitals can electronically collect and transmit data on the quality of care patients receive. The electronic data can be analyzed to measure and improve care processes, performance and outcomes.

Of more than 3,200 Joint Commission-accredited hospitals that reported 2016 data, only 480 were named 2017 Pioneers in Quality hospitals.

“This recognition reflects and affirms our staff’s commitment to continuous quality improvement, especially as it relates to the adoption of electronic clinical quality measures,” said Michael McCoy, MD, Great River Health System’s chief medical officer. “Like the Joint Commission, we believe gathering and analyzing performance data is crucial to continuously improving quality of care and outcomes for all patients.”

Pioneers in Quality recognition is not an indicator or measure of data quality or quality of care. It is an indicator of an organization’s commitment to adopting eCQMs toward quality improvement. For more information about The Joint Commission and the Pioneers in Quality program, visit www.jointcommission.org.