Practices can implement many quality improvement plans based on data physicians were required to collect for stage 1 of meaningful use. Data collection also can help guide practices toward services they can add or to which they can refer patients. Below are some examples of how to use data for improvement plans.
|Data||Improvement plans/practice changes|
|Blood pressure||Reduction in hypertension rates|
|BMI charts||Weight-loss programs, nutritional counseling|
|Smoking status||Smoking-cessation programs|
|Condition lists||Outreach reminders, preventive/follow-up care|
|Immunization records||Outreach reminders|
|Family history||Outreach reminders, preventive care/testing|