New Software Release Supports Use of AHRQ Quality Indicators
An upgrade of the WinQI software now allows hospitals and other organizations to more effectively apply AHRQ Quality Indicators (QIs) to their own inpatient administrative data to measure and improve health care quality. The AHRQ QIs help assess quality performance, highlight potential concerns, identify areas that need further investigation and track improvement over time. WinQI version 5.0, which builds on previous versions of the Windows-based software, includes current measure specifications and methodological details, updates to software files, new data tables and benchmarks and bug fixes. WinQI version 5.0 is available for download from the WinQI Software page on the AHRQ website. The WInQI software is one of two options AHRQ provides to calculate the AHRQ QIs. The other option is SAS QI, which is statistical software often preferred by researchers who want to write programs that use the statistical capabilities available in SAS. In contrast, the WinQI software has a graphical user interface designed for nonprogrammers. WinQI requires an SQL Server®, a free version of which may also be downloaded from the AHRQ website.
QI Windows® Software, Version 5.0
The Quality Indicators Windows Application is easy to use with step-by-step instructions on loading your data and verifying that the data are in the format required. Users can look at the results for individual cases, the organization as a whole, or for subgroups based on patient demographics.
Please note that WinQI V5.0 incorporates the same updates as found in SAS V5.0.
- Software Release Notes - Version 5.0, May 2015
The AHRQ Quality Indicators Windows Application may be installed on 64-bit or 32-bit platforms, and no third-party statistical software is needed.
SQL Server and .NET are provided free of charge by Microsoft. For more information please see the following links on the Microsoft website: (this will take you away from the AHRQ website)
- Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express Edition (select 64-bit or 32-bit version)
- Microsoft .NET Framework (one version covers both 64-bit and 32-bit)
Quality Indicators Module Software
- WinQI v5.0 Software for download – Version 5.0, May 2015