Until now, ICHOM’s 45 Sets have been defined and published under open-access, via pdf Reference Guides, with accompanying csv-formatted Data Dictionaries and peer-reviewed journal publications. This has allowed all organizations, irrespective of resources, to utilize ICHOM-defined Sets as a roadmap for implementation.
There are two particular challenges with this format. First, it can place an implementation burden on providers, whether requiring updates to IT systems, staff time and resource, or data incompatibility. Second, the need to review and update of the Sets, as evidence evolves. At present, some organizations find they are using an outdated version of the ICHOM Set. To address these challenges and accelerate and facilitate the adoption, ICHOM has undertaken several investments and policy changes:
- ICHOM has developed “IT-ready” versions of the Sets. Mapped to SNOMED, Loinc and ICD-10, the Sets are now available for seamless integration into Electronic Medical Records, allowing Providers to begin collecting the relevant PROMS and clinical information immediately. In addition, ICHOM Sets are in the process of being made compatible with FHIR/HL7 standards, and some are available now.
- ICHOM is developing a 3-year review and update cycle for all existing Sets. Review will include literature review, reconvening a subset of the original working group and public comment/input.
- Annual harmonization across Sets. As a routine function of ICHOM maintenance, ICHOM will conduct and certify harmonization of all measures across Sets and including any translations. This annual review ensures all users that they are using the most current, standardized version of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Measure Sets.
- ICHOM is working to identify “Core” primary elements within each Set for organisations who wish to get started but aren’t able to initially collect all measures.
Contact Ben Cordle now to see how you can take advantage of this new Set format.