Quality Measures for Population Health – New IOM Report


In 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched Healthy People 2020, a set of goals and 10-year objectives for improving the health of Americans.  As part of the program, HHS developed 12 leading health indicator topics and 26 leading health indicators to serve as major issues on which to focus progress.  However, no criteria currently exist to measure whether these indicators are improving population health. 


QUALITY MEASURES FOR POPULATION HEALTH AND THE LEADING HEALTH INDICATORS, a new report from the Institute of Medicine, discusses potential quality measures for the leading health indicators.  The report offers a framework to develop a portfolio of quality measures for the U.S. health system -- which includes not only health care organizations and health departments but also community-based organizations, funders, and others who shape how people can be healthy.  


Advance copies of the report will be available to reporters only starting at noon EDT on Monday, July 8. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 9. To obtain an embargoed copy, reporters can contact the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu.