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The Environmental Scanning Support Tool (ESST) is a tool within the CMS Measures Inventory Tool (CMIT) environment, intended to automate environmental scans required in the information gathering process to develop and maintain quality measures. The ESST uses an automated natural language processing (NLP) approach that rapidly scans literature in PubMed, PubMed Central, and CINAHL to:

  • Identify relevant documents (abstracts and full-text articles)

  • Identify and extract the specific knowledge within each relevant document that applies to the measure’s potential opportunity for improvement.

Who Uses Tool
CDS Developer/Steward
Health IT Developer/Vendor
Measure Developer/Steward
Last Updated: May 23, 2022