Tiptastic Tuesday: Using Data For Quality Improvement

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
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