Vital Signs: Core Metrics for Health and Health Care Progress

"Thousands of measures are in use today to assess health and health care in the United States. Although many of these measures provide useful information, their sheer number, as well as their lack of focus, consistency, and organization, limits their overall effectiveness in improving performance of the health system. To achieve better health at lower cost, all stakeholders Рincluding health profes­sionals, payers, policy makers, and members of the public Рmust be alert to the measures that matter most. What are the core measures that will yield the clearest understanding and focus on better health and well-being for Americans?"

In this Institute of Medicine report, with accompanying infographics, video, and briefs, a set of 15 standardized mea­sures is recommended. It is hoped that these could provide consistent benchmarks for health progress across the nation and improve system performance in the highest-priority areas.

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