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eCQI Tools & Key Resources

Tools & Resources

The eCQM Informational Tools, Resources and Collaboration (InfoTRAC) referenced in this section are openly available and are provided for stakeholder use. They provide a foundation for the development, implementation, reporting, help, and feedback of quality measures and their improvement.

Diagram of the eCQM lifecycle showing the progression through the stages of development, implementation, reporting, and help & feedback then returning to development for maintenance.

Find the Tools and Resources You Need

You can browse and search all of the tools and resources by visiting the eCQI Tools and Resources Library.
The standards and tools versions listed for each reporting/performance period are the versions used to create and/or support the implementation of the specific reporting/performance period specifications. Newer versions of the standards and tools may be available, but were not used in the development of the reporting/performance period listed.

The eCQM tools and resources provide a foundation for the development, testing, certification, publication, implementation, reporting, and continuous evaluation of quality measures and their improvement. You can refine the tool list by selecting a category of interest and/or a role that best describes your needs, or you can also click a specific tool from the list below to view additional details.

Clinical Quality Language (CQL)

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Clinical Quality Language (CQL) is an HL7 standard for trial use (STU) and it is part of the effort to harmonize standards between electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) and clinical decision support (CDS). CQL provides the ability to express logic that is human readable yet structured enough for processing a query electronically.

HL7 Clinical Quality Language (CQL)-based Health Quality Measure Format (HQMF) Implementation Guide (IG)

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This Implementation Guide (IG) defines an approach to using the Clinical Quality Language (CQL) with the Quality Data Model (QDM) and Health Quality Measures Format (HQMF) to define electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs). The IG describes the use of CQL to express the logic and the US Domain conceptual data model, QDM to express the individual data types and their attributes for an eCQM detailed using the HQMF standard.