As health care enterprises race to meet the looming meaningful use measures, Siemens recently received 2011/2012 ONC-ATCB Certification for its quality reporting module, which could be a crucial tool in achieving the new standards.

The Soarian Quality Measures (SQM) v. VA57A allows health care providers to capture unstructured data from scanned or electronic text documents and paper documents, while expediting chart abstraction times. According to the company, SQM can help reduce the administrative burden required to collect and report on associated quality metrics.

The solution can also help providers report these data by using fewer manual chart abstractors, because it is able to aggregate both structured and unstructured data. SQM aggregates unstructured data through two methods: optical character recognition (OCR) and natural language processing (NLP). The OCR tool enables users to collect and search for individual words from a document. The NLP tool can help make text-based associations. For example, it can interpret words from a scanned page and automatically feed that information to the appropriate core measures metric.

The SQM meets a wide range of modular EHR certifications. A complete listing is available here.

(Source: Press Release)