Core Measure Data Download Help

You have the option of downloading the core measure data that is reported on a hospital’s Quality Report and also available on the Joint Commission’s Quality Check search engine on to your computer as a data file (.xls spreadsheet or tab delimited file) or a preformatted report (.pdf). You may generate a custom file or report based on various parameters such as state, measure set and measure. Please note that the downloadable .pdf reports require Adobe Reader. In order to use the downloadable files, you must have a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel or experience using tab delimited files. You should not download the files if you are simply trying to find out what is available in your area. You can do this by using the Quality Check search engine at

If you wish to download this data, please realize that generating the file / report and downloading may take some time (10-30 minutes, depending on the speed of your computer's modem and your selection criteria). These databases are updated quarterly

Hardware and Software Requirements

To use this download file, you need at least the following:

  • A Pentium processor is recommended.
  • Windows 98 or higher
  • Hard drive with 20 megabytes of free disk space.
  • Microsoft Excel 95 or higher (if choosing the Excel download type)
  • 64 megabytes of RAM (random-access memory). 128 megabytes is recommended.
  • PKUNZIP or WinZip. This file is a PKZIP compressed file.

Unzipping Downloaded Data File(s)

The data can be downloaded as Excel or Text based files contained within a compressed, or "zipped," file. The data files can be extracted from the compressed file using either the WinZip or PKUNZIP utility. In the former case, open the compressed file using WinZip, select the file(s) with the .xls or .txt extension from the list of files displayed, choose the Extract command from the Actions menu, and then specify the directory where the extracted file is to be saved. In the latter case, open an MS-DOS window, go to the directory where the compressed file is saved, and execute the command:

PKUNZIP "compressed name file" *.*

where "compressed name file" is the name of the compressed file saved on your disk drive. This case assumes that the executable PKUNZIP.exe is in a directory in your PATH statement.

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