AHRQ is part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, which supports research and is designed to improve the outcomes and quality of healthcare. Additionally, the organization seeks to reduce costs, address patient safety and medical errors and broaden access to effective services. The AHRQ conducts and sponsors research, which helps people make more informed decisions and improve the quality of healthcare services. Director Carolyn N. Clancy, MD, leads the agency.
AHRQ defines Quality Indicators to measure healthcare quality based on readily available hospital inpatient administrative data. The indicators consist of four modules that measure various aspects of quality. They include prevention quality indicators, in-patient quality indicators, patient safety indicators and pediatric quality indicators.