QualityMetric Announces QM Certified Scoring Program

Wednesday, July 16, 2008 General News
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LINCOLN, R.I., July 15 It seems that every month there isa news story questioning the integrity of outcomes data in clinical trials.Just recently, the Ketek(R) controversy has been in the news. The truth is, nomatter who is collecting the data or what it is being used for, mistakes areeasy to make and difficult to recognize until it is too late.

To address this problem, QualityMetric Incorporated has developed QMCertified Scoring(TM). The program is designed for researchers, clinicians,clinical trial administrators, and other healthcare administrators who insiston high quality and are committed to properly collecting, scoring, andinterpreting their health outcomes data.

Over the years, data quality issues have haunted several large-scaleoutcomes studies in the academic and clinical trial worlds. Severalorganizations have scored data from the SF-36v2(R) Health Survey usinghomemade computer programs with scoring algorithms and norms provided byQualityMetric publications. Minor mistakes in the programming code or simpleformatting errors have lead to incorrect scores and misinterpreted results, insome cases leading to millions of dollars in lost revenue.

"Unfortunately, the do-it-yourself approach can, and has, resulted insignificant data quality problems." says Mark Kosinski, MA, Senior Scientistand Director of QualityMetric's Outcomes Insight Consulting(TM) Group. "Thereare alarming examples of what can go wrong and the results can be very costly.

Using any of our QM Certified Scoring products will give outcomesprofessionals peace of mind when it comes to the data they will be using tomake important decisions about medical products, the effectiveness of medicalinterventions, or population health monitoring efforts. QM Certified Scoringis available via the web, at the desktop, or as an enterprise-wide solutionresiding on client servers. There is also a version that includes furtheranalysis and insight from a member of our Outcomes Insight Consulting Team.Visit http://www.qualitymetric.com/download/QMCertifiedScoring.zip for moreproduct details.

About QualityMetric - QualityMetric Incorporated works with the world'slargest healthcare and life sciences companies to measure health outcomes. Ourproducts help market new drugs and biologics, track health improvement ordecline, screen populations for disease, and identify future health risks.QualityMetric's patient-reported outcome (PRO) surveys provide scientificallyvalid assessments of both physical and mental health. Our PROs include theSF-36v2(R), SF-12v2(R), and SF-8(TM) Health Surveys, SF-10(TM) Health Surveyfor Children, Asthma Control Test (ACT(TM)), Pain Impact Questionnaire(PIQ-6(TM)), and DYNHA(R) Dynamic Health Assessments. Our Outcomes InsightConsulting(TM) Group can develop customized PROs and provide in-depth analysisof the results. QualityMetric's founder and CEO, John E. Ware, Jr., PhD is athought-leader in the field of psychometrics and health outcome measurement.Visit us at http://www.qualitymetric.com

SOURCE QualityMetric Incorporated

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