The Joint Commission has recognized Great River Medical Center as a 2017
Pioneers in Quality hospital for its contribution to electronic clinical
quality measure (eCQM) data for quality improvement in health care.
The Joint Commission is an independent, nonprofit organization that accredits
and certifies health care organizations and programs in the U.S. It established
the Pioneers in Quality program to help and recognize hospitals that report
eCQM data and share best practices with other hospitals nationwide.
Until recently, most hospitals collected information to measure health
care quality by manually pulling data from patient records. Today, through
eCQMs – which rely on structured, encoded data present in the electronic
health record – hospitals can electronically collect and transmit
data on the quality of care patients receive. The electronic data can
be analyzed to measure and improve care processes, performance and outcomes.
Of more than 3,200 Joint Commission-accredited hospitals that reported
2016 data, only 480 were named 2017 Pioneers in Quality hospitals.
“This recognition reflects and affirms our staff’s commitment
to continuous quality improvement, especially as it relates to the adoption
of electronic clinical quality measures,” said Michael McCoy, MD,
Great River Health System’s chief medical officer. “Like the
Joint Commission, we believe gathering and analyzing performance data
is crucial to continuously improving quality of care and outcomes for
Pioneers in Quality recognition is not an indicator or measure of data
quality or quality of care. It is an indicator of an organization’s
commitment to adopting eCQMs toward quality improvement. For more information
about The Joint Commission and the Pioneers in Quality program, visit