What is Cypress?

Cypress is the rigorous and repeatable testing tool of Electronic Health Records (EHR) and EHR modules in calculating electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs) used in quality reporting programs. The Cypress tool is open source and freely available for use or adoption by the health IT community including EHR vendors and testing labs. Cypress serves as the official testing tool for the EHR Certification program supported by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

eCQM certification

eCQM certification criteria addressed by Cypress includes:

  • Record and Export - Record clinical data and export it in a format usable by other EHRs
  • Import and Calculate - Import data from other EHRs and perform CQM calculations
  • Report - Create standard data files that can be electronically submitted to quality reporting programs
  • Data Filter - Filter clinical data based on patient and provider data

Cypress Test Data

The Cypress software includes a standard test data of synthetic patient records that includes examples from CMS quality reporting programs to test the ability for EHR systems and EHR modules to accurately calculate and report eCQM results. The Cypress test data is available in QRDA Category I and Category III format for input into an EHR system.