The National Quality Forum Takes Steps to Measure Interoperability

This week, the National Quality Forum (NQF) released a report that proposes ways to measure interoperability by using a framework that identifies gaps where new measures need to be developed.

In the report, NQF highlights four categories that can measure the sharing of electronic health information, including the volume and method of data exchanged, its usability, applicability, and impact on patient safety, cost savings, productivity, care coordination, and health outcomes.

NQF notes that the measurement framework does not identify all issues of interoperability but is a process to begin assessing both the current state of interoperability and its impact on quality processes and outcomes.