URAC President and CEO, Shawn Griffin, MD will join the National Quality Forum’s Rural Telehealth and Health Care System Readiness Committee from February 2021 into spring 2022. This multi-stakeholder committee aims to develop a measurement framework to assess the impact of telehealth on rural health care systems, including those that serve rural-dwelling Native Americans. Dr. Griffin is among the health care experts who have been chosen to work on this critical issue that is of increasing importance for the health of our nation and is the sole representative from an accrediting organization on the committee.
Telehealth offers tremendous possibility of increasing access for individuals in underserved areas, including rural and frontier areas. Additionally, telehealth is a critical component in managing health security threats. As the COVID-19 emergency has shown, there is a clear link between telehealth and the delivery of health care in emergency situations. This NQF working committee aims to identify measures that will reflect health care system readiness.
Dr. Griffin’s role on the committee reflects URAC’s commitment to directly addressing the challenges of health equity. His appointment to the committee reflects Dr. Griffin’s deep knowledge of the particular issues that face rural communities and his extensive experience with health care technology.
“I am honored to be a part of the valuable work NQF is leading so that we are able to ready our rural areas for the benefits telehealth can bring. As a rural health care provider for much of my early career, I am able to see how technology allows both increased and more immediate access to care for patients whose geographic location does not always allow them to receive primary or specialty care when they need it the most” explained Dr. Griffin. “URAC shares NQF’s goal of addressing the health care disparities that face Americans in rural areas, especially those individuals who live on Native American reservations.”
About The National Quality Forum
The National Quality Forum (NQF) is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, membership-based organization that works to catalyze improvements in health care. NQF measures and standards serve as a critically important foundation for initiatives to enhance health care value, make patient care safer, and achieve better outcomes.
Founded in 1990 as a non-profit organization, URAC is the independent leader in promoting health care quality and patient safety through renowned accreditation programs. We develop our evidence-based standards in collaboration with a wide array of stakeholders and industry experts. Our portfolio of accreditation and certification programs span the health care industry, addressing health care management and operations, pharmacies, telehealth, health plans, medical practices and more. URAC accreditation is a symbol of excellence for organizations to showcase their validated commitment to quality and accountability.