HCUP QIs are measures of health care quality used by the HCUP, a family of software tools, databases, and related projects that enable research on a broad range of health policy issues, including quality and cost of health services, access to health care programs, medical practice patterns, and treatment outcomes at the local, state, and national market levels.
Using hospital inpatient administrative data, HCUP QIs can identify areas needing further investigation, highlight potential quality concerns, and track progress over time.
There are four modules of HCUP QIs:
- Prevention Quality Indicators (PQIs)
- Inpatient Quality Indicators (IQIs)
- Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs)
- Pediatric Quality Indicators (PDIs)
All QIs are analyzed using free software from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), which is designed to be used with HCUP.