Health care quality improvement involves analysis of an organization’s performance and a systematic effort to improve it. Data are fundamental to quality improvement for describing how well current systems are working and what happens when changes are made.

We are in the midst of healthcare transformation with information technology at the center. Within this section, you will find information to assist you in finding available state and national data resources along with points to consider when discussing/reviewing data results with your local healthcare systems and/or providers.

Quality Improvement Initiatives and Resources

Health Information Technology (Health IT)/ Data Sources
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Data Sources

  • Certified Health IT Product List (ONC Health IT)
  • Search here by developer, product or Authorized Certification Body / Certified Health IT Product ID (ACB/PHCL ID) to find the electronic health record (EHR) being used by a healthcare provider & to see the possible reporting abilities, including clinical quality measures aligned with the National Quality Forum (NQF) measures.

  • Health Information Exchange (HIE)
  • HIE involves the electronic sharing of health-related information statewide, regionally and locally along with providing governance and management of the exchange process. The HIE link above has information about The State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program and The Nationwide Health Information Network Exchange.

  • Health IT Dashboard (ONC Health IT)
  • This dashboard includes summary information about HITECH grant programs, including their location, funding amount, and contact information.

  • Health IT Playbook (ONC Health IT)

  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Uniform Data System (UDS) and State Health Center Data
  • HRSA health center program grantees report on their performance using the measures defined in the UDS where you can access state data for program grantees as well as individual health center profiles.

  • Million Hearts® Clinical Quality Measures (CQM) Dashboard
  • The CQM Dashboard displays cardiovascular disease-related measures from quality reporting initiatives focused on the Million Hearts® ABCS (Aspirin when appropriate, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation).

  • Million Hearts EHR Optimization Guides
  • These guides help healthcare professionals use their electronic health record (EHR) systems to identify at-risk patients and use and improve data on the ABCS (Aspirin when appropriate, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation).

  • Patient Engagement Playbook for Providers
  • The Playbook is an online tool for doctors, nurses, other clinicians, practice staff, hospital administrators and others who wish to leverage health IT to actively engage patients in their health and care.

  • Population Health Management Software: An Opportunity to Advance Primary Care and Public Health Integration Report (Public Health Informatics Institute)
  • Guidance for health care providers and public health agencies on the selection and use of Population Health Management products and the data they can provide

  • Regional Extension Centers (RECs) are located in every region of the country and serve as a support and resource center to assist with electronic health record (EHR) implementation and Health IT. Find the REC in your state

  • State Health IT Policy Levers Compendium (ONN Health IT)
  • Information to help states understand how other states are using waivers, Medicaid Health Home State Plan Amendments and other state-level policy levers to advance health IT and interoperability goals.

Epidemiology and Surveillance Resources
  • NCHS Data Brief No. 289 Hypertension Prevalence and Control Among Adults: United States, 2015–2016 (October, 2017)
  • Standardization of Key Indicators for Patient Navigators Supporting Chronic Disease Self-Management Activities - the Evaluation Peer Learning Community (EPLC) - HS/CCL group call on standardizing indicators for unlicensed healthcare workers (patient navigators, community health workers) presented by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)

Presentation slides


CDPHE Patient Navigator and Community Health Worker Definitions
CDPHE Competencies with Introduction to Patient Navigators
Patient Navigator Key Performance Indicators
CDPHE Patient Navigator Key Articles Annotated Bibliography
CDPHE Patient Navigator Studies Results Tables