Data Aggregators Participate

Several types of organizations may be approved by BTE to become a data aggregator (DA) including: electronic medical records organizations, patient registries, decision support tools, health information exchanges, community initiatives and even large health systems. Data aggregators can be national or regional.  A data aggregator is the conduit through which clinician medical record data is passed to performance assessment organizations for scoring to assess whether clinicians should be recognized. Once a DA meets the BTE requirements, the DA works with their customers who wish to participate, submits their data to Altarum for scoring via the BTE Web Portal and communicates results of the scoring back to the clinicians and practices.

This automated performance assessment process allows for rapid and independent medical record-based clinician performance evaluations by connecting electronic medical record data sources or data aggregators to a network of performance assessment organizations. BTE works with DAs to facilitate clinician performance assessment in order to: reduce the reporting burden for clinicians; leverage existing reporting/data aggregation initiatives; reduce data collection and reporting costs; facilitate the connection between quality improvement and incentives; and speed up cycle times between reporting and quality improvement.

DA roles and responsibilities include:
  • engaging and enrolling clinicians for BTE assessment;
  • interfacing with clinicians via the electronic data;
  • extracting de-identified medical record data in accordance with BTE’s eligibility and measures specifications;
  • sending extracted medical record data and clinician identifiers on a quarterly basis to BTE in a standardized electronic format for performance measurement;
  • communicating performance assessment results and opportunities for improvement back to participating clinicians;
Review Program Data Requirements:

For each program there is a Policy and Procedures (P&P) document which outlines all the details of the program as it pertains to DAs, including specifications for each of the clinical measures. The P&P will outline the details you’ll need to know to map your data to meet the submission requirements. The P&P for each program is available in the links below:

How to Become a Data Aggregator (BTE Approved Registry / EMR System)

Contact BTE directly at bte@altarum.org to request further information