May 26, 2011
Today, AMIA and its Nursing Informatics Working Group provided input to National Quality Forum (NQF) during an open comment period to solicit input on NQF's Quality Data Model (QDM). The QDM provides a way to describe clinical concepts in a standardized format so that those monitoring clinical performance and outcomes can communicate necessary information clearly. In its comments, AMIA recognized the importance of having an information model that clearly defines concepts used in quality measures and care delivery to enable automation of structured data capture in health information technology. However, AMIA also suggested that the QDM needs to support both clinical and administrative concepts associated with performance measurement and improvement.