We Love Data

As we dive deeper and deeper into the Accountable Community of Health work, we all keep wondering—how are we going to measure this stuff? How are we going to demonstrate change? What is the benchmark on this data? We are fortunate in our region to have a solid Data Center at Spokane Regional Health District, but we cannot do this alone.

This past summer, Health Care Authority and the Washington Health Alliance announced their plans to work together reporting on the Washington State Common Measure Set for Health Care Quality and Cost in conduction with the Alliance’s Community Checkup website.

The starter set of more than 50 measures will enable a common way of tracking important elements of health and health care performance and will inform public and private health care purchasing. We know this is not a perfect set of measures, but we like where it’s headed.

We’re not quite ready to breathe a sigh of relief, but this is a good starting point for all of us.
To learn more, click on the Washington Health Alliance link.