"The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through." -- Sydney J. Harris

Strategic Discussion on IOM Report’s Implications for Measurement in Minnesota

In early September, MN Community Measurement hosted a joint meeting of the MNCM Board of Directors, MNCM Measurement and Reporting Committee (MARC) and community stakeholders to discuss the Institute of Medicine’s recent report, Vital Signs: Core Metrics for Health and Health Care Progress, and its implications for health care measurement in Minnesota.

The Vital Signs report presented a parsimonious set of key indicators of the health of Americans and the performance of various components of our health system; and laid out a path toward a more effective and efficient health measurement system, enabling meaningful comparisons across different care settings, communities and institutions while ensuring national focus on the highest-priority health challenges and opportunities.

About 50 people participated in the discussion, which began with a review of the 3-5 year measurement strategy and framework created by MNCM and our stakeholders in 2013 and progress made to date on that strategy. We were then joined by Kevin Larsen, MD, FACP, who is the Medical Director of Meaningful Use at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and a member of the IOM committee that worked on the Vital Signs report. Dr. Larsen provided an overview of the report and background into the discussions that led to it. Finally, the group engaged in a facilitated discussion about the impacts of the report for our community.

This was the first step in a process to consider how the IOM report affects the work being done in Minnesota. These conversations will continue at future MARC and other stakeholder meetings.