Section 5: Implementation Guides
Section 7: Education & Awareness

HL7 Version 3 Standard: Representation of the Health Quality Measure Format (eMeasure) DSTU, Release 2

DESCRIPTION

The Health Quality Measures Format (HQMF) is a standard for representing a health quality measure as an electronic document. A quality measure is a quantitative tool that provides an indication of an individual or organization’s performance in relation to a specified process or outcome via the measurement of an action, process or outcome of clinical care. Quality measures are often derived from clinical guidelines and are designed to determine whether the appropriate care has been provided given a set of clinical criteria and an evidence base. Quality measures encoded in the HQMF format are referred to as "eMeasures"

ALTERNATIVE NAMES

HL7 Version 3 Standard: Representation of the Health Quality Measure Format (eMeasure) DSTU, Release 2 may also go by the following names or acronyms:

"V3: Representation of the Health Quality Measure Format, R1", V3, HQMF, eMeasures

TARGETS

  • Healthcare Providers
  • EHR Vendors
  • Physicians and Clinicians
  • Quality Improvement Reporting Agencies

BENEFITS

  • Provides for quality measure consistency and unambiguous interpretation
  • Fosters the success of quality improvement efforts for physicians and other clinicians
  • Better enables EHR queries

IMPLEMENTATIONS/CASE STUDIES

See the Implementation Guide for this Standard.

  • US ONC
  • CMS

DEVELOPMENT BACKGROUND

The development of this standard was supported by volunteer efforts and through the National Quality Forum’s contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to promote the effective use of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems. The initiative aims to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care by making possible the capture and reporting of quality measure information for physicians and other healthcare providers.

HQMF formally defines a quality measure (data elements, logic, definitions, etc) to support consistent and unambiguous interpretation. Quality measure developers can encode their measures in this format so that they can be consumed by provider organizations, which will then be able to use the formal definitions to, for instance, query their EHR data stores.

RESPONSIBLE WORK GROUPS

Clinical Decision Support

Structured Documents

RELATED DOCUMENTS

HL7 Version 3 Standard: Representation of the Health Quality Measure Format (eMeasure) DSTU, Release 2

DSTU DOCUMENTS

HL7 Version 3 Standard: Representation of the Health Quality Measures Format (eMeasure), DSTU Release 2 (View DSTU)

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HL7 Version 3 Standard: Representation of the Health Quality Measures Format (eMeasure), Release 1 Expiration Mar 2012

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IMPLEMENTATION GUIDES

HL7 Version 3 Implementation Guide: Quality Data Model (QDM)-based Health Quality Measure Format (HQMF), Release 1 – US Realm (View Brief)