GIQuIC is a medical specialty registry designed by gastroenterologists for gastroenterologists to collect, organize and display digestive healthcare data for multiple purposes, including the following:
- Improve patient outcomes by allowing users to benchmark quality, identify gaps in care, and develop specific and targeted quality improvement initiatives
- Contribute data for research and to assist the GI societies in developing guidelines for patient care
- Provide quality measure data to third parties, including CMS’ Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), private payers, accrediting bodies, referring providers, and patients.
The GIQuIC registry was developed in conjunction with the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) when gastroenterologists determined they needed a way to measure the quality of the healthcare they were providing to their patients. Patients, referring providers, and payers were asking them to demonstrate the quality of their performance and their dedication to continuous improvement.
History of GIQuIC
In the mid-2000’s endoscopists realized they needed a way to measure the quality of the healthcare they were providing to their patients as payers, and patients themselves, started asking them to reveal their adenoma detection rate and other quality of care parameters. A task force was created, and in 2006, it published a list of quality indicators for several endoscopic procedures, including colonoscopy and EGD. These indicators were defined because studies have demonstrated that when endoscopic procedures are conducted for reasons that are deemed to be appropriate, “significantly more clinically relevant diagnoses are made.”1 The Quality Indicators for Colonoscopy and Quality Indicators for EGD were published and then updated in 2014.
Based on these quality indicators, quality measures were developed and defined for colonoscopy procedures. In order to collect the necessary data to calculate these quality measures, a pilot project was initiated with dozens of physicians participating. Thousands of procedures demonstrated that participation in the project improved overall outcomes. Adenoma detection rate, adequacy of bowel preparation, and cecal intubation rate, as well as a number of other measures, showed significant improvement over time.
The pilot project was deemed a success and GIQuIC was officially introduced in July of 2010.
1 Faigel, Douglas O., Pike, Irving, M., Baron, Todd H., et al. Quality indicators for gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures: An introduction. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 63(4):S3-S9, 2006.
GIQuIC Vision and Mission
To improve patient outcomes by establishing standards for defining, measuring, and improving the quality of digestive health care.
To drive the highest quality delivery of digestive health care, GIQuIC will:
- Define, measure and implement metrics
- Enable continuous performance evaluation and feedback
- Deliver data reports, benchmarks, and dashboards
- Promote outcomes-based research
- Provide quality-driven education
- Create value for patients, clinicians, and payers
- Improve health equity and healthcare disparities
- To be the foremost resource for value-based and evidence-based digestive healthcare
- To develop and disseminate quality indicators and benchmarks to stakeholders
- To deliver actionable data in a secure manner to clinicians who can utilize this information for benchmarking, feedback, training, remediation, accreditation, negotiation, or other benefits
- To promote and conduct research to enhance the quality of digestive healthcare
- To educate our healthcare partners and the public of the importance of the measurement and delivery of value-based digestive healthcare
- To identify and address disparities in digestive healthcare to progress toward achieving health equity
- Customer focus
- Continuous improvement
GIQuIC Board of Directors
GIQuIC is guided by the leadership of its Board of Directors:
The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) have worked together for more than a decade to find ways to establish scientifically sound standards for training, credentialing, and quality measurement. In 2009, ACG and ASGE jointly established the non-profit educational and scientific organization, The GI Quality Improvement Consortium, Ltd (GIQuIC).
The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)
Founded in 1932, the American College of Gastroenterology is an organization with an international membership of more than 12,000 individuals from 80 countries. The College is committed to serving the clinically oriented digestive disease specialist though its emphasis on scholarly practice, teaching, and research. The mission of the College is to serve the evolving needs of physicians in the delivery of high quality, scientifically sound, humanistic, ethical, and cost-effective health care to gastroenterology patients.
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE)
Since its founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has been dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence and innovation in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with nearly 12,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education.
GIQuIC has partnered with FIGmd, a company with significant experience in healthcare registry development. FIGmd is the leading provider of healthcare registries and web-based solutions for measuring, improving, and reporting on quality of care and patient outcomes. FIGmd provides clinical data registry, analytics, data reporting, and assessment solutions to medical practices, specialty societies, medical professional associations, hospitals, health systems, medical boards, and others. FIGmd’s technologies, solutions, and customization capabilities allow organizations to massively scale their projects in a timely and cost-effective manner.