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.

January 4, 2017

CMS, AHRQ, and ONC Integrate eCQI Resource Center with USHIK.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and ONC have integrated the eCQI Resource Center with United States Health Information Knowledgebase (USHIK). USHIK is a publicly available database with technical measures and specifications for calculating quality metrics established for federal payment reimbursements. The recent integration allows users to compare different versions and metadata of electronic Clinical Quality Measures. Users can also download measure version details in several file formats for use in different software programs. The new functionality is found in the measure tables: Eligible Hospitals and Eligible Professionals.

April 29, 2016

USHIK has been updated with the Meaningful Use annual update specifications for eCQMs and Value Sets released by CMS and NLM VSAC for the 2017 reporting period.

April 12, 2016

USHIK has been updated with the Meaningful Use annual update specifications for eCQMs and Value Sets released by CMS and NLM VSAC for the 2016 reporting period.

April 12, 2016

USHIK has been updated to include the 2015 Priority List of requirements for the Children's EHR Format.

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.

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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'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.

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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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