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About eCQI

Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement (eCQIinfo-icon)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health ITinfo-icon (ONC) are working to improve the health of our nation by transforming care from a volume-based, provider-centered system to a patient-centered, learning health system. This work includes using quality measurement to improve care given to patients by measuring how patients are treated and, most importantly, how well those patients do afterward. Electronic clinical quality improvement (eCQI) provides common standards and shared technologies to monitor and analyze the quality of health care provided to patients and patient outcomes.

Electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMsinfo-icon) measure the performance of hospitals, clinicians, and others who provide healthcare services. The “e” in eCQMs means that performance is measured using data pulled from an EHRinfo-icon. eCQMs include data elements, logic, and definitions in a Health Level Seven International (HL7info-icon) standard, which represent a clinical quality measureinfo-icon in an electronic document that can be captured, stored, shared, and read electronically. Measures submitted via attestation method are referred to as CQMsinfo-icon, and those reported electronically as eCQMs.

Last Updated: April 12, 2019