SOURCE: Q-Centrix LLC

March 08, 2016 10:00 ET

Q-Centrix Achieves Certification of Its Q-Apps Technology Platform as an EHR Module for All Inpatient and Ambulatory Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs)

Q-Centrix eCQM Solution Furthers Commitment to Measurably Improving Quality in U.S. Hospitals

CHICAGO,IL--(Marketwired - March 08, 2016) - Underscoring its commitment to innovating in the field of hospital quality, Q-Centrix announced today that Q-Apps, the industry's first fully-integrated healthcare quality information system, was certified by the Office of National Coordinator for the Health Information Technology (ONC). The platform received certification for a total of 93 electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs), an important advancement in the field of clinical performance measures.

The solution facilitates the ability to digitally integrate various clinical data formats directly into Q-Apps, calculate and submit the measures, and further, offers the ability to easily drill down into the data to determine its accuracy prior to submission to CMS -- a shortcoming of many EHR-based eCQM solutions.

"From Q-Centrix's inception, and deeply embedded in our values and beliefs, is an uncompromising commitment to quality," explained Q-Centrix CEO, Milton Silva-Craig. "Continued enhancements to Q-Apps, as evidenced through today's eCQM certification of both eligible hospital and professional measures, is a further manifestation of that commitment."

Q-Centrix's eCQM solution combines an easy to use, state-of-the-art technology platform (Q-Apps) and access to its market leading expertise of 600+ quality information specialists who provide an additional level of validation to ensure the data is accurate and meets CMS requirements prior to its submission.

"Underlying any hospital's commitment to quality is the ability to confidently provide accurate and high-fidelity data," added Silva-Craig. "Our approach delivers that peace of mind by pairing a team that possesses the experience that comes with, literally, millions of quality abstractions together with our healthcare quality information system."

Whether a hospital chooses to use Q-Centrix's team of quality information specialists to assist throughout the eCQM lifecycle or elects to manage it themselves, the ability to easily analyze the data to determine its accuracy prior to its submission to CMS provides valuable transparency that isn't otherwise available in the market today.

"The ability to deliver accurate information to CMS represents a huge gap in most EHR systems that claim to provide eCQM capabilities," explained Brian Foy, vice president, product development at Q-Centrix. "The fact is, many hospitals have approached the need to electronically exchange health information with CMS as a technology issue, not a quality issue, and have addressed only the ability to make this electronic exchange. They will face significant challenges when CMS moves beyond simple attestation and begins to take a closer look at what they are submitting, sees that the information is inaccurate, and that they are unable to pass on the measures."

At Q-Centrix, the certification process was smooth and efficient. "Many industry professionals fear embarking on the certification process and see it as a huge hurdle to overcome," describes Foy. "We set out with a clear vision of building a healthcare quality information system that would help hospitals better manage their quality objectives and operations to measurably improve the safety and quality of care provided to their patients. Our platform was built to be flexible so that changes and additions can be readily made with little impact. This is one of many exciting advancements planned for further enhancement of Q-Apps."

About Q-Centrix
Q-Centrix aims to measurably improve the quality and safety of patient care in the U.S. through the use of its market-leading technology platform, Q-Apps, coupled with the industry's largest and broadest team of nurse-educated, quality information specialists. Processing in excess of one million quality data transactions annually, Q-Centrix is a comprehensive quality partner to hundreds of hospitals, providing clinical surveillance, abstraction, analysis and improvement solutions.

Certification 0032016-49116 for Q-Centrix was achieved on March 3, 2016 for version 1.0, modules 170.314 (c)(1-3); (g)(4) 170.314 (c ); 1-3g. The quality measures tested include: 2v4; 22v3; 50v3; 52v3; 56v3; 61v4; 62v3; 64v4; 65v4; 66v3; 68v4; 69v3; 74v4; 75v3; 77v3; 82v2; 90v4; 117v3; 122v3; 123v3; 124v3; 125v3; 126v3; 127v3; 128v3; 129v4; 130v3; 131v3; 132v3; 133v3; 134v3; 135v3; 136v4; 137v3; 138v3; 139v3; 140v3; 141v4; 142v3; 143v3; 144v3; 145v3; 146v3; 147v4; 148v3; 149v3; 153v3; 154v3; 155v3; 156v3; 157v3; 158v3; 159v3; 160v3; 161v3; 163v3; 164v3; 165v3; 166v4; 167v3; 169v3; 177v3; 179v3; 182v4. This EHR Module is 2014 Edition compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ACB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments. This certified-product version may require payment of a subscription fee and signing of a contract, both of which may vary based on the type and volume of information to be processed.

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