GAO2Per a report released this week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office is urging the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a comprehensive strategy to make certain that electronic health records are collecting reliable data for clinical quality measures.

While EHR use is on the rise, many providers and organizations share concern that data captured by varying EHR systems actually may not be comparable across the board when calculating CQMs. Concern also surrounds the question of whether or not electronically collected data is comparable to data abstracted manually by trained professionals. For these reasons, the GAO suggests that CQM data obtained via EHRs cannot be assumed accurate until a strategy that ensures reliability is developed. According to the GAO, developing that trust is a critical component in using such CQM data to assess performance, improve quality and adjust reimbursements.

To read the full GAO report on EHR programs, click here.