Unit 1 Introduction to Quality Improvement and Health Information Technology

This unit will introduce the learned to the concept of health care quality and the importance of meaningful use of health information technology in improving health care quality. The Institute of Medicine aims of quality improvement are used to frame a discussion of the role of health information technology in leading to improvement of patient safety, efficiency, effectiveness, equity, timeliness, and patient-centeredness. The unit will also review the basic principles of quality improvement: set an aim, design a measure strategy, attempt change, and learn about your system. The learner is also provided with examples of how health IT can facilitate quality improvement and how well-crafted HIT solutions can improve safety, effectiveness, efficiency, equity, timeliness, and patient-centeredness of care and accomplish the best care for the whole population at the lowest cost.