ECRI Institute will operate, enhance, and maintain two Web-based initiatives for the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The two Web sites provide physicians, nurses, and other health professionals a continuously updated wealth of objective, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines and health care quality measures. The two related and linked resources will remain as separate Web sites for free public access.

The independent nonprofit company, which researches the best approaches to improving patient care, has been awarded a new three-year contract to run the publicly available sites of the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC), www.guideline.gov, for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, and the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC), www.qualitymeasures.ahrq.gov, for evidence-based quality measures and measure sets.

The NGC Web site, which logs more than one million user visits each month, contains summaries of more than 2,100 current evidence-based clinical practice guidelines from more than 300 guideline-developing organizations. The NQMC Web site, with 250,000 user visits each month, summarizes more than 1,200 evidence-based quality measures from approximately 40 measure-developing organizations. Both sites contain content from worldwide sources and see significant international use.

The ECRI Institute team includes The Joint Commission, the Harvard School of Public Health, Tufts-New England Medical Center, MANILA Consulting Group, and consultants from University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, San Francisco.