News | July 30, 2007

AHRQ Awards ECRI Institute New Contract

July 31, 2007 - The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded ECRI Institute a new three-year contract to operate, enhance, and maintain two Web-based initiatives for AHRQ.

The two sites are the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC), www.guideline.gov, for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, and the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC), www.qualitymeasures.ahrq.gov, for evidence-based quality measures and measure sets.

The Web sites provide healthcare professionals with continuous updates on objective and detailed information on clinical practice guidelines and healthcare quality measures.

The NGC Web site logs more than one million worldwide user visits each month and contains summaries of more than 2,100 current evidence-based clinical practice guidelines from more than 300 guideline-developing organizations.The NQMC Web site, with 250,000 worldwide user visits each month, summarizes more than 1,200 evidence-based quality measures from approximately 40 measure-developing organizations.

The ECRI Institute team includes the Joint Commission, the Harvard School of Public Health, Tufts-New England Medical Center, MANILA Consulting Group, and consultants from University of California Los Angeles and the University of California San Francisco. ECRI Institute has also recruited an editorial board and technical expert panel of internationally known experts in guidelines and quality measurement, including individuals from many universities, clinical specialty organizations, health systems, health plans, and other stakeholders.

ECRI Institute (formerly ECRI), is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the discipline of applied scientific research to healthcare in order to uncover the best approaches to improving patient care.

For more information: www.ecri.org

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