ONC/CMS eCQM Kaizen Event

As part of the overarching US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) re-design of the electronic clinical measure testing and certification process, a National Test Bed (NTB) has been proposed to expand clinical measure testing methods while also incorporating earlier and more frequent engagement across a broader range of stakeholders throughout the clinical measure development process. The NTB concept originated from the CMS/ONC LEAN Kaizen event held in late January 2013 where key stakeholders across the healthcare industry worked collaboratively to analyze the current state of clinical measure testing and certification and begin conceptualizing a more viable future state. The energized collaboration exhibited during the Kaizen event across HHS leadership, EHR vendors, standards organizations and measure developers fostered continued post-Kaizen work in this area via the formation of the Measure Testing and Certification Workgroup and the NTB subgroup.

Mario Hyland (@interopguy), Senior Vice President at AEGIS, participated throughout the entire week to tackle the multitude of challenges presented to this forum. The snow storm that hit the east coast this week made it interesting! But the Kaizen event was once again a great success. On Thursday, Mario was given the opportunity to present the advancements of the AEGIS Developers Integration Lab (DIL) Global Testing Platform for Health IT to the attendees as a viable platform currently being utilized by industry. It was well received by the group and a number of follow up discussions about the role(s) the DIL could play are being planned.


About Barry Dickman

Mr. Dickman is an accomplished Executive Consultant with 25+ years as an accomplished industry thought leader with experience in Health Information Technology, Program & Project Management Support, Standards & Interoperability, Enterprise Architecture, Business Development, Strategic/Business Planning, Client Relationship Building, Acquisition Management, Software Development and Requirements Management. He is a hands-on cross-functional leader who energizes and managed the successful delivery of consulting services and information technology solutions to the Federal and commercial markets. Mr. Dickman is responsible for tactical implementation and quality assurance of solutions and services. He supports various activities and communities of interest with senior-level consulting services with the Department of Defense (DoD), Defense Health Agency (DHA), Veterans Affairs (VA) and Health & Human Services (HHS) on health information technology initiatives, including the electronic health record and health information exchange. He helps to ensure that projects & staff adhere to a process improvement approaches embodying the AEGIS CMMI-appraised process methodology ultimately providing clients with the essential elements of effective processes that improve their performance. As an effective communicator and leader, Mr. Dickman consistently demonstrates his ability to institute and carry out initiatives that drive positive change, improve efficiency and increased profitability. He brings extensive experience, functional knowledge and management skills to all consulting assignments. Prior to joining AEGIS, Mr. Dickman held senior level positions helping to create business solutions that help meet the healthcare industry's top challenges. Mr. Dickman has authored numerous papers, articles, newsletters and blogs. He graduated from the University of Maryland holds a Masters in Health Services Administration Masters of Health Services Administration from The George Washington University, School of Business and Public Management. Mr. Dickman currently serves at the President of the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) – National Capital Area (NCA) Chapter.

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