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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.

Reporting/Performance Period eCQM Annual Update Tool and Resource Versions Standard Versions
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.

CDS Hooks

Development, Implementation
Who Uses Tool:
CDS Developer/Steward, Health IT Developer/Vendor, Implementer, Payer

Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Hooks is a Health Level Seven International® (HL7®specification managed by the HL7 Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Workgroup that provides a way to embed additional, near real-time functionality within a clinician’s workflow of an EHR. A specified event(s) within the clinician’s workflow triggers the CDS service which gathers the appropriate specified data elements through secure Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources® (FHIR®) services. By utilizing FHIR services, CDS Hooks provides interoperability between multiple stakeholders operating on different platforms.

The FHIR service app can return appropriate guidance such as proposed alternative medication or formulary information. CDS Service vendors can test CDS Service functionality using the CDS Hooks Sandbox. More advanced functionality is under development, such as the multi-stakeholder Da Vinci Project and provides use cases for alerts/notifications, prior authorization, and document exchange. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's CDS Connect Project provides a web-based platform to assist with development of CDS artifacts and CDS Hooks.

Last Updated: May 07, 2021