Sunday, March 6, 2011

Quality Forum Gaining Momentum

The Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum’s purpose is to study the cost, quality, and accessibility of healthcare for the state of Louisiana. The Forum’s program was designed to produce measureable improvements in healthcare quality, utilization, and population health by using information technology coupled with patient centered medical home activities. To do this, there is the need to create tools and information available from various data sources.

The Quality Forum has been actively planning and executing Louisiana’s Health Information Exchange (LaHIE) and the Forum also acts as the Regional Extension Center for Louisiana. In addition to LaHIE and the Extension center, the Quality Forum supports the Louisiana Public Health Institute’s Crescent City Beacon Community projects.

On February 18th, the Quality Forum released a Request for Information (RFI) to obtain proposals from qualified consultants and/or organizations to provide quality measurement services. Consultants are needed to help assess the Quality Forum’s overall measurements and evaluations, assess capabilities, the progress made to date, prepare an overall management plan, and finally, launch a consolidated data warehouse.

The full RFI response is due on March 11, 2011. For more information on the RFI, go to or email Michelle Smith at