Standardizing Performance Measurement

New standard supports competency-based education & assessment

Baltimore, Maryland, USA, May 18, 2015. Training of healthcare professionals requires rigorous assessment of accepted competencies. A new standard from MedBiquitous makes it easier to connect performance to competencies.

“Residency programs in medicine and other health professions mandate that learners demonstrate milestones, explicit levels of performance for specific competencies,” said Peter Greene, M.D., Executive Director of MedBiquitous and Chief Medical Information Officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine. “The Performance Framework makes it easier to bring that performance data together for a clear picture of learner competency.”

The MedBiquitous Performance Framework, ANSI/MEDBIQ PF.10.1-2015, is a technical standard for representing expected levels of performance related to a competency. Those developing milestones and other frameworks for performance assessment or competence development can represent that framework using a standard format. Those performance frameworks can then be referenced from other data generated in training programs. With performance data referencing a common, digital measuring stick, performance data can be compiled across schools, programs, or sites for a comprehensive view of learner or cohort competency and performance. The development of the standard was funded by the Associarion of American Medical Colleges.

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) used the MedBiquitous Performance Framework during the development of its Online Multi-source Feedback Tool to assess performance in core competencies for practicing surgeons. “MedBiquitous standards accelerated development of the system,” said Dr. Ian Graham, Clinical Digital Education Consultant for RACS. “The standards have allowed us to integrate internal systems and will support collaboration with other medical colleges, regulators and health services.”

The MedBiquitous Performance Framework builds on the MedBiquitous Competency Framework,
ANSI /MEDBIQ CF.10.1-2012.

“There are many challenges to implementing competency-based education,” said Tim Willett, M.D., Co-Chair of the Competencies Working Group and Director of R&D for SIM-one. It was an honour to work with this diverse team of educators to develop this common way to digitally represent performance frameworks.”

“The Performance Framework is essential to track performance in clinical situations and simulations across a broad health system like the VA,” said Rosalyn Scott, M.D., Medical Advisor to Deputy Chief Learning Officer, VHA Employee Education System. “The standard will allow us to better track performance and identify areas for improvement.”