Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Strategies to Optimize your Practice

This Primer introduces CQI concepts, strategies, and techniques a practice can use to design an effective CQI strategy for EHR implementation, achieve Meaningful Use of the system, and ultimately improve the quality and safety of patient care. A practice can use CQI throughout the EHR implementation lifecycle. CQI strategies have been successfully implemented in many industries, including health care. The CQI conceptual framework presented in this Primer provides a foundation to design and manage CQI initiatives and offers points to consider when deciding which strategy works best for a particular practice or organization. A CQI toolkit, currently under development, will elaborate in more detail the concepts provided in this Primer.


The material in these guides and tools was developed from the experiences of Regional Extension Center staff in the performance of technical support and EHR implementation assistance to primary care providers. The information contained in this guide is not intended to serve as legal advice nor should it substitute for legal counsel. The guide is not exhaustive, and readers are encouraged to seek additional detailed technical guidance to supplement the information contained herein.

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Practice Role
Care Coordinators
Health Care Mgmt - Practice Mgrs Admin
Providers (MDs, DOs, NPs, PAs, RNs, LPNs)
PSR, Schedulers, Front Desk, Med Secretaries
Providers & Professionals
Setting/Practice Type
FQHC or Community Health Center
Large Practice 11 or more
Small Practice 1 - 10
Specialty Practice
Resource Topics
Quality Improvement and Practice Transformation
EHR Steps
Step 6: Continue Quality Improvement

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