Pioneers in Quality

Pioneers in QualityThe Joint Commission has recognized McLaren Northern Michigan as one of the 2017 Pioneers in Quality™ for its contributions to electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data for quality improvement in health care.

Until recently, most hospitals collected information to measure health care quality by manually abstracting data from patient records. Today, through eCQMs, hospitals can electronically collect and transmit data on the quality of care that patients receive. The electronic data can be analyzed to measure and improve care processes, performance, and outcomes.

The Joint Commission, the United States’ leading accreditor of health care organizations, established the Pioneers in Quality™ program to assist and recognize hospitals that report eCQM data, as well as share best practices for all hospitals in gathering, analyzing, and leveraging eCQM data for quality improvement.

“This recognition reflects on our colleagues’ commitment to continuous quality improvement, especially as it relates to the adoption of electronic clinical quality measures,” stated David Zechman, President and CEO of McLaren Northern Michigan.

Out of 3,200 health care organizations, McLaren Northern Michigan is among only 480 that The Joint Commission has recognized this year for embracing new technology to submit data about the care it provides to patients. Voluntarily sharing patient care information helps to improve health care.

“We commend McLaren Northern Michigan as a 2017 Pioneers in Quality™ organization for its contributions and commitment to electronic clinical quality measure data and practice toward quality improvement,” said David W. Baker, MD, MPH, FACP, executive vice president, Division of Health Care Quality Evaluation, The Joint Commission.

For more information about The Joint Commission and the Pioneers in Quality™ program, visit