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This excerpt taken from the QVDX 10-K filed Mar 9, 2007.
CareScience Standards of Care
 
CareScience Standards of Care is designed to address the need for healthcare providers to manage the reporting of quality and performance data to external agencies. The product is an Internet-based, HIPAA-compliant and encrypted software tool designed for use by clinical staff, quality and performance analysts and executives. This tool is designed to help improve patient care and outcomes in the event a healthcare provider is performing below expectations in specific areas. CareScience Standards of Care helps hospitals remain competitive and receive optimum financial reimbursement when pay-for-performance initiatives are in place.
 
Functionality.  CareScience Standards of Care is a single-source performance reporting and benchmarking tool that allows the user to:
 
  •  Manage the influx of existing and new quality measures for public reporting
 
  •  Collect, analyze and submit data to organizations like Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”), Joint Commission of Accredited Healthcare Organizations (“JCAHO”), The Leapfrog Group and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (“IHI”)
 
  •  Preview data prior to public reporting, allowing the user to proactively implement improvement plans as well as develop a strategy for addressing areas of concern
 
  •  Reduce the resource drain on internal staff by providing a single chart review and point of data entry for all measure sets
 
  •  View organization specific reports to help pinpoint breakdowns in care processes and prioritize quality initiatives
 
  •  Benchmark against other hospitals and health systems


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  •  Access real-time quality indicator scorecard reports to advise executive leadership on performance results.
 
CareScience Standards of Care contains two main tools, the Patient Entry tool, which facilitates collection of data, and the Quality Indicator Scorecard, a reporting tool which allows care-quality data to be compared to external organizations.
 
Patient Entry.  This tool allows patient-level data to be entered and edited. Patient data may be electronically uploaded or manually entered, but once in the system, the data can be used for all of the measure sets the user is responsible for reporting, both internally and externally. This tool is primarily utilized by quality and performance improvement analysts and clinical staff responsible for collecting, analyzing and submitting public reporting data. Quality and performance managers use the Patient Entry tool to assign patients to measure sets for data entry and to run reports, including:
 
  •  Status reports — show how much data has been entered and the amount of data that still needs to be uploaded
 
  •  Summary reports — show aggregated data entry by measure sets and external organizations
 
  •  Core measure reports — show an organization’s data compared to the JCAHO comparatives and CareScience National Comparatives
 
Quality Indicator Scorecard.  This tool is primarily used by executives and quality and performance managers, but also useful to clinical managers and staff. This component generates the following reports:
 
  •  Measure set comparison report — allows the user to view the organization’s composite scores for selected measure sets by external organizations and by facility, as well as compliance scores for individual measures
 
  •  Facility comparison report — allows the user to view multiple facility composite scores by external organization and compare it with national benchmarks, CareScience National Comparatives and/or customer defined benchmarks. This report is helpful for health systems with multiple hospitals to measure set performance across facilities.
 
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