Data Dictionary Tool and Template

Data Dictionary Tool and Template

Organizational tool for your EHR and analytics platform data indicators

This Data Dictionary provides a single point of reference for data mapping and interpretation for all of the indicators in your quality reports. Organization of the data definitions in this tool provides a reference for the team of all such definitions that impact reports and alerts in the analytics application. For example, it provides a format to document all items in a given report, and related EHR data. That application may be the EHR or an analytics platform that is tied to the EHR. Anyone with questions about where data is being pulled from for any indicator can reference the Data Dictionary without analyst security privileges or expertise within the analytics tools. The Data Dictionary should be curated by analysts and made available on a shared drive or company intranet.

Download the Excel tool below to see a full example and additional instructions. 

Also, see the companion Quality Report Inventory tool here.

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Intended AudienceEHR, IT, and QI Staff; Clinical Quality Team members looking for ways to communicate data to their team and other stakeholders