Website spotlight: New AHRQ tool to help hospitals better display quality data

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, July 9, 2010

All you need to take advantage of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) latest tool is hospital administrative or claims data. Called MONAHRQ (My Own Network, Powered by AHRQ), the free tool is a software program built to allow organizations to analyze data and/or create their own websites.

The AHRQ released MONAHRQ in early June with the hope that many organizations, including individual hospitals, hospital associations, and regional health initiatives, would take advantage of the ability to analyze and display data at no cost, says Anne Elixhauser, PhD, senior research scientist at the AHRQ, who is responsible for the tool.

"I remember several years ago I was at a conference and I heard a CEO of a hospital talking about how he wanted his hospital to get out in front on the quality reporting frontier," says Elixhauser. "He wanted his hospital to have a website that explicitly described all the quality information he had available ... and it took them a year and about $300,000 to put a website together."

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