The National Library of Medicine soon will give downloadable access to vocabulary “value sets” contained in the clinical quality measures in Stage 2 of the electronic health records meaningful use program.

“The value sets provide lists of the numerical values and individual names from standard vocabularies used to define the clinical concepts (e.g. diabetes, clinical visit) used in the quality measures,” according to an explanation from the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT.

A free Unified Medical Language System Metathesaurus license is needed to access the NLM Value Set Authority Center. An application for the license is available here.

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