United States Health Information Knowledgebase


The United States Health Information Knowledgebase (USHIK) is an on-line, publicly accessible registry and repository of healthcare-related metadata, specifications, and standards. USHIK is funded and directed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) with management support and engagement from numerous public and private partners.

February 24th, 2015

AHRQ's USHIK contractor, Data Consulting Group, attended the IHE 2015 NA Connectathon to test IHE's Structured Data Capture profile. The USHIK team was able to successfully test this integration profile as 'Form Manager'. Detailed Connectathon results are published by IHE.

January 26 - 30, 2015

  • USHIK is attending the 2015 IHE Connectathon
    • The IHE Connectathon is a cross-vendor, live, supervised, and structured testing event. All organizations and IT experts converge on-site for one full week of interoperability testing and problem resolution. Participants test their products against multiple vendors using real-world clinical scenarios contained in IHE's Integration Profiles. (http://www.iheusa.org/connectathon.aspx Exit Disclaimer [www.iheusa.org])
    • USHIK is participating at the IHE 2015 NA Connectathon to test the IHE Structured Data Capture (SDC) Form Manager Profile as part of a multi-member initiative in partnership with the CDC, College for American Pathologists, NCI, NHDS, FDA and several others.
    • Visit https://twitter.com/hashtag/cat15 Exit Disclaimer [twitter.com] for live tweets during Connectathon.

November 14, 2014

  • USHIK has been updated to include several new features and enhancements, including:
    • Comparison downloads of APCD Data Elements and File Specifications are now available in the APCD Portal
    • Simplifications for viewing the ASC X12 5010 Data Element Dictionary in the Standards portal
    • Various other minor enhancements and bug fixes

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The Meaningful Use portal contains specifications, artifacts, downloads, search tools, and other resources for Meaningful Use, including Clinical Quality Measures, Value Sets, and Objectives for Stage 1 and Stage 2.

USHIK will continue to be updated with new Meaningful Use specifications as they are released by CMS and VSAC during the annual update periods in 2015.

USHIK's APCD portal contains APCD File Submission Specifications from 14 states. Several of these states contain multiple versions of their file specifications allowing a stakeholder to compare the changes that have occurred over time. The APCD portal allows a stakeholder to view, compare, search and download the file specifications and data elements.

All Payer Claims Database

The Draft Measures portal in USHIK contains electronic Quality Measures that are available to the public for feedback. All feedback is submitted to CMS for review.

USHIK has recently added functionality to allow measure developers to post MAT-exported draft measures in USHIK directly. USHIK users who are interested in learning more about this "Draft Measure Self-Service" are encouraged to contact the USHIK team using the Feedback / Help link at the top of each page.

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