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“My NGC” and “My NQMC” Added to AHRQ’s National Guideline and Quality Measures Websites

August 25, 2012

Two healthcare Web sites with more than 3.2 million annual visits, National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) and National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC), are easier to use with the launch of customized personalization tools, announces ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit organization that developed and maintains the sites under contract to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The new “My NGC” and “My NQMC” personalization features, developed for AHRQ by ECRI Institute and its technology subcontractor, Silverchair Information Systems, have been designed to accommodate visitors’ specific interests with enhanced search functionality and targeted access to evidence-based clinical guidelines and quality measures.

Through free registration on http://www.guideline.gov and http://www.qualitymeasures.ahrq.gov, visitors can now easily access their recently viewed summaries and searches, save favorite guideline summaries or quality measures, and sign up to receive custom e-mail alerts on favorite topics, guidelines and/or measures, and organizations.

“In this era of health reform, accountable care organizations, electronic health records, and smart technology, there’s an expectation that healthcare information be current and easy to access based on personal preferences,” says Vivian Coates, a vice president at ECRI Institute, and project director for the ECRI contract to create and maintain the AHRQ Clearinghouses. “The new ‘My NGC’ and ‘My NQMC’ personalization tools make it easier for busy clinicians, informatics researchers, patients, and consumers to stay up to date on the frequent changes with clinical guidelines and quality measures.”

“These new features greatly enhance NGC and NQMC and give AHRQ’s users easier access to the rich content that has developed in these resources since their inception,” says Jean Slutsky, director of AHRQ’s Center for Outcomes and Evidence.

The National Guideline Clearinghouse website was launched in 1997 and currently receives more than 3 million visits per year. It contains summaries of 2,500 current evidence-based clinical practice guidelines from more than 200 guideline-developing organizations. Launched in 2001, the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse website summarizes 2,100 evidence-based quality measures from 53 measure-developing organizations and currently generates 200,000 annual visits.

The two related websites use key vocabulary standards including ECRI Institute’s Universal Medical Device Nomenclature System™, the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings, and ICD-9-CM and SNOMED CT codes.

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