Meeting Archive:
Measure Webinar Series: Implementation of Physician Performance Measures in an EHR

This program concluded on March 30, 2011.  The slide presentation and audio recording of the program are available for viewing and listening.

Meeting Description:

The American Medical Association (AMA)-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement® (PCPI™) is committed to enhancing quality of care and patient safety by taking the lead in the development, testing, and maintenance of evidence-based clinical performance measures and measurement resources for physicians.


Webinar Overview:


The focus of this webinar is on how to accomplish the implementation of performance measures in Electronic Health Records (EHR).  If you are interested in testing your physician performance measures for EHR but are not certain how to begin, this webinar will provide the guidance that you need.  Webinar participants will learn how to effectively implement physician EHR measures and will get an overview of the implementation steps and the methodology, including the basis for having project decision points and timelines.  At the conclusion of this webinar you will have acquired knowledge and answers to frequently asked question like: 


  • How long does an implementation project take?
  • What resources and skill sets are needed for a measure implementation project?
  • What are the necessary steps to take before you begin to program a report?
  • What if we are not currently collecting an essential data element for a measure that we want to implement?
  • How do we validate that a report is pulling the correct information?
  • What determines whether or not an Institutional Review Board (IRB) application needs to be submitted?
  • Are there any existing tools that would make the measure implementation project progress more smoothly?

Topic Outline: 


  • Essential Project Resources
  • Project Checklist
  • Feasibility Assessment
  • Workflow Considerations
  • Report Validation
  • Questions & Answers

Who Should Participate:  

Measure implementers, physicians, and physician organizations



Andrew Hamilton, RN, BSN, MS

Shannon Sims, MD, PhD



Keri L. Christensen, MS



Date: Wed, Mar 30, 2011
Time: 01:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement
 Presenter Information
Andrew Hamilton, RN, BSN, MS
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Mr. Hamilton is the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Clinical Informatics at the Alliance of Chicago Community Health Services, LLC.

 His responsibilities include the development of clinical decision support & National Clinical Performance Measures for the organization’s EHRS & he is leading the organization’s meaningful use efforts. Andrew is the Immediate Past President of the Board of the Centricity Healthcare User Group & he is a member of several local, state, & national work groups related to EHRS & performance measurement.  He is as an adjunct faculty at the Loyola University School of Nursing & University of Illinois-Chicago School of Nursing.  He recently joined the faculty at Northwestern University’s Medical Informatics Program.  Andrew holds the following degrees:  BS in Nursing; and MS in Nursing Business & Health Systems Administration, with a focus on Nursing Informatics both from the University of Michigan School of Nursing.

Shannon Sims, MD, PhD
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Dr. Sims is the Director of Clinical Informatics and Assistant Professor at Rush University Medical Center.  His several areas of leadership include meaningful use compliance, implementation of quality measurement in electronic medical records (EMR), the creation of a clinical data warehouse, and reporting of quality data for operations and research.  He conducts grant-funded research on electronic performance measurement and improving care transitions.  Dr. Sims also serves on several national advisory boards, including the National Quality Forum’s Health Information Technology Advisory Committee.

Keri L. Christensen, MS
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Keri Christensen is a Senior Policy Analyst in the division of Performance Improvement with the American Medical Association.  Keri has spent much of her career working in healthcare information technology.  In her current role, Keri leads clinical performance measure testing projects for the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement® (PCPI).  Keri serves on the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Patient Safety and Quality Outcomes Steering Committee.  Keri earned a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety from Northwestern University.