Thursday, May 29, 2014

Colorado Health IT Summit paves the way for improved clinical quality measurement and population health


Last week, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment hosted a Health Information Technology Summit on clinical quality measurement and population health. The public health department strongly believes that health information technology (health IT) has the potential to improve clinical performance and health outcomes through data-informed quality improvement processes. This Summit was convened to bring public health partners and health systems from across the state together to help develop effective strategies to make health IT more effective statewide, improving clinical quality, and reducing the provider, practice and system level burdens from measurement and reporting complexity.

State health recruited two national speakers, Dr. Kevin Larsen, Medical Director of Meaningful Use for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Dr. Allen Leavens, Senior Director for Strategic Partnerships at the National Quality Forum for the Health. These experts provided a national perspective on electronic health records, federal reporting programs and clinical quality measurement. Colorado health IT experts discussed statewide challenges and opportunities.  

Health department staff will draft a report synthesizing information, recommendations and collaboration opportunities from Summit. We would like to thank the speakers, participants and staff from the Governor’s Office, Health Care Policy and Financing, University of Colorado Health Rocky Mountain Health Plans, Optum Analytics, Physician Health Partners and the Colorado Health Institute.


The Summit took place as part of a new integrated funding strategy from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent and control diabetes, heart disease, obesity and associated risk factors, and to promote school health with targeted interventions across the lifespan. In addition to Health IT, this grant funds the Diabetes Prevention Program, dDiabetes Self-Management Education, the Million Hearts campaign and the expansion of patient navigation. 

Please contact Ellen Steiner, Health Systems Specialist, at 303-692-6397 or ellen.steiner@state.co.us for more information.

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