Continuous Quality Improvement
Put simply, continuous quality improvement (CQI) is a philosophy that encourages all members of your organization to continuously ask:
- How are we doing? Can we do it better? 1
- Can we do things more efficiently?
- Can we be more effective?
- Can we do things faster or in a more timely way?
Quality improvement begins with a culture of improving patient outcomes, your organization, and population health in general.
Providers Like You
To learn about providers like you who are leveraging Health IT to improve health care quality and patient outcomes, see the following provider stories.
- Idaho Clinic Embraces a Culture of Quality Improvement
- New York Practice Uses EHR Functions for Quality Improvement
- Dr. Holsinger Discusses EHRs and Health Care Quality Improvement in a Rural Practice
- NO/AIDS Task Force Uses EHR Data to Categorize Patients by Risk Level and Provide Better Care
- A Solo Practitioner Uses EHR to Assess Quality of Care
For More Information
For more information on how you can use Health IT to improve health care quality and patient outcomes, see the following resources.
- Step 6: Continue Quality Improvement
- Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Strategies to Optimize your Practice [PDF - 1.7 MB]
- How do we plan for continuous quality improvement?
- How do we establish a continuous quality improvement process?
- Edwards PJ, Huang DT, Metcalfe LN, Sainfort F. “Maximizing your investment in EHR. Utilizing EHRs to inform continuous quality improvement.” J Healthc Inf Manag. 2008.