Quality and Health IT

Use of the electronic health record to improve quality through the capture, reporting and use of data is the ultimate reason for making the investment of time, money and organizational change. Leveraging the functionality of the electronic health record through clinical decision support, computerized provider order entry, and e-prescribing are examples of how the EHR can be used to improve quality. Analyzing data from the use of this functionality and modifying care to specific clinical measures will lead to overall quality improvement. The many dimensions of quality improvement are the subject of the articles, case studies, and tools in this section of the HIMSS Health IT Body of Knowledge.