October 26, 2012
A lot has changed in health care in recent years, with greater emphasis on quality improvement in education and training. The MedBiquitous Board of Directors met in May and discussed the mission of the organization in light of the changing environment. Board members felt that our existing mission omitted an important component of professional development and advancement related to quality improvement. The Board consulted with MedBiquitous’ Executive Committee, and in July the Board approved a revised mission statement for MedBiquitous:
To develop and promote technology standards for the health professions that advance lifelong learning, continuous improvement, and better patient outcomes.
The expanded mission acknowledges that the health professions require a process of lifelong learning that begins with an undergraduate professional education and continues through graduate study and into practice. In addition, it recognizes that all those involved in health professions education and practice – learners across the spectrum, educators, and care delivery organizations - must go through a process of continuous improvement. That improvement requires data-driven measurements of current performance. The end result of these improvements must be better patient outcomes.Technology standards are essential to compile the data to drive learning, improvement, and better outcomes.
All of our existing standards work fits well within the scope of this new mission; in fact, these projects are key to achieving this vision. As MedBiquitous moves forward, we will be looking for opportunities for data standards to connect disparate quality improvement efforts and further integrate quality improvement with professional education, assessment, and evaluation.
If you would like to learn more about the expanded mission or MedBiquitous’ current projects, I encourage you to read more on our website, watch the video describing the new mission, or contact us with any questions. We value your participation in MedBiquitous and look forward to continuing to work with you to achieve our common goals.
Peter S. Greene, M.D.