Redesigned IT platform to make public reporting easier, faster and more useful to consumers
(December 3, 2012) — The public reporting of health care performance nationwide will get a boost under a new $11.6 million federal contract awarded to Pantheon – an Arlington, Va., technology solutions company with a knack for creativity and problem solving.
Under the contract of up to five years, Pantheon will redesign and expand MONAHRQ® – the nation’s premiere, no cost web platform to aid public reporting of health care performance.
MONAHRQ®, an acronym for “My Own Network powered by AHRQ,” is a downloadable website builder tool developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to help organizations create their own health care performance reporting websites highlighting four key areas: hospital ratings, hospital utilization, preventable hospitalizations, and rates of conditions and procedures. AHRQ is one of 12 agencies in the US Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.
Users like state and local data organizations, hospitals, and health plans can import health care data into the MONAHRQ system and then export reports that consumers and other decision makers use to compare quality.
“The need to improve health care quality by setting standards and holding the ‘system’ accountable is a well-understood imperative,” said Mark Tobias, president of Pantheon. “Our challenge and opportunity is to put technology to work in ways that make MONAHRQ’s public reporting easier, faster and more useful to consumers.”
Now in its third year of operation, MONAHRQ has reached a critical point in its evolution. Part of Pantheon’s charge will be to lead an advisory committee of top experts in healthcare and public reporting through a process of evaluating MONAHRQ’s impact to date and identifying key improvements and ways to expand its use. The result will be a wholly redesigned platform that reflects the latest best practices in public reporting and a greater customization of a much larger set of health care performance measures. The redesigned version of MONAHRQ will be available in March, 2014.
“The demand for ways to share quality data inexpensively, quickly, and efficiently is increasing exponentially,” said AHRQ project lead Mamatha Pancholi. “Pantheon is the perfect technology firm to help MONAHRQ not just keep pace with current trends, but anticipate future needs and create extensible technology solutions that stand the test of time and growth.”
Pantheon is engaging the National Quality Forum (NQF) as a subcontractor to coordinate the work of the expert advisory committee. NQF is a health care standard-setting organization that convenes its members from all sectors of health care to develop health care performance measures that help advance health care quality. “NQF’s deep experience in performance measurement and their relationships with all sectors of the health care industry will be invaluable to this project,” said Tobias.
Pantheon’s health care portfolio continues to expand, including:
- URAC’s Star Data System is central to URAC’s role of accrediting health plans for the new state Health Insurance Exchanges being set up under the new health law. It is a calculation engine that takes raw claims, pharmacy, and chart data to track health plan performance across 38 quality measures, like cancer and diabetes screenings, and obesity and tobacco use prevention.
- The National Program Office of Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q)’s data collection and web portal design presents vast amounts of data about advances and lessons learned in improving health care. AF4Q is an initiative of the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation.
- National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) website supports the public-private partnership’s mission to enable a secure and interoperable health information exchange that advances the nation’s health.
- NQF’s Quality Positioning System is a new online tool that allows users to search for NQF-endorsed measures quickly and easily.
- NQF’s OPUS – an online system to manage the complex workflow and structure of the healthcare quality measures NQF members endorse.
- The American Pharmacists Association’s redesigned website allows the trade association to customize information according to audience: practitioner, student and scientist.
- The National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (The National Forum) “Policy Depot” tool serves as a global hub for cardiovascular health policy.
“We have been privileged to develop innovative technology solutions for the nation’s top organizations advancing health care quality,” said Tobias. “Through this work, we’ve been deeply immersed in the rapid expansion of new performance measures and the need for technology solutions that make sense of those measures. We are excited to be working with AHRQ to help complete its vision to have performance measurement and useful public reporting in every part of the country.”
A current list of MONAHRQ-generated websites, such as the departments of health in Arkansas, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Nevada and Utah, can be found at http://monahrq.ahrq.gov/monahrq_websites.shtml.
Founded in 1994, Pantheon combines technology expertise and a deep knowledge of health care, education and social impact markets to provide online technology solutions for nonprofit, association, and government clients.
Contact: Mark Tobias, 703.387.4000, firstname.lastname@example.org