Yesterday, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a long-awaited report commissioned by the Office of National AIDS Policy back in 2010. IOM was tasked with recommending a list of essential indicators that can be standardized across various databases to provide a snapshot of the use of clinical services among people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs). Recent scientific advances have placed a premium on the importance of clinical care for PLWHAs. The implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the development of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy create a unique opportunity to dramatically improve the health outcomes of PLWHAs in the United States as well as opportunities to monitor and improve care provision.
A parallel effort of identifying a core set of common indicators to monitor Federally-funded HIV prevention, treatment, and care services is also underway at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (Review this recent presentation [PDF 344KB] to PACHA about the HHS efforts to implement common core indicators, streamline data collection, and reduce reporting burden for HHS-funded HIV programs.)
Working in collaboration, HHS’s efforts and the new Institute of Medicine report move us further toward achieving the streamlining and standardization across data collection measures stipulated in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and fulfilling the Strategy’s vision to provide “unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination.”
More information on the IOM report, including a brief and the full report, can be found on their website .