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Outcome Measure Repository (OMR) Registration System (ORS)

ORS Structure for Self-Registered OMR Account Holders

For users who register on the OMR, data in ORS is managed across 12 sections.

Users complete each section as appropriate, noting that required fields are indicated with a red asterisk (*). The sections of the ORS record include:

  • Measure Description
  • Measure Steward
  • Analytics
  • Validity
  • Measure Scoring
  • Data Sources
  • Diseases/Conditions
  • Categories
  • References
  • Keywords
  • Sub-Elements
  • Associated Registries

Navigation to the sections is accessible via the tabs along the left side of the screen or by using the Previous and Next buttons at the bottom of the screen. A summary table also acts as a link to the various data sections, and indicates the section completion - the summary table displays on the Overview and Save/Release Measure Profile screens. The progress of data completion, based on required fields, is also indicated in a bar at the top of the screen.

Additional information about registering an outcome measure in the OMR is provided below. The detailed OMR Training Guide is also available for download, which contains background information about the design of the OMR, information about how to create and maintain a user account, and step-by-step instructions for using the OMR.

ORS Data Validation

In ORS, errors display in red font on the page. Error messaging will dynamically clear when the error condition is resolved. A Measure Profile with error conditions (including Alerts in some cases) cannot be published to the OMR Search Web site.

Copying, Creating, and Managing a Measure Record in ORS

Step 1a:

When logged in, you can search for existing Measures using the "Search" or "Structured Search" tabs. Within the search results, click on the Measure title to view the full Measure Profile.

If you find an existing Measure that you would like to use as a base for your Measure, click the "Copy of this measure to My Measures" link at the top of the Profile. A copy of that Measure will then appear in your list of "My OMR Measures" under the "Manage" tab.

Select that Measure from your "My OMR Measures" list, and then proceed to Steps 2-16 to add or change information in all sections.

Screenshot of copying a measure

Step 1b:

If you do not find a similar Measure to use as a base for your Measure, return to "My OMR Measures" and click "Add Measure" to create a completely new Measure.

Screenshot of adding a measure

Step 2:

Enter your email address, confirm your email address, and click "save email".

Screenshot of adding a Measure Description

Step 3:

Populate all required fields and provide additional data as appropriate in the Measure Description.

Screenshot of adding a Measure Description

Step 4:

In the Measure Steward section, indicate (yes or no) whether the Outcome Measure is copyrighted, then complete all additional required fields and provide optional information as appropriate.

Screenshot of adding a Measure Steward

Step 5a:

In the Analytics section, select the level of analysis (population or patient level). Then, populate additional fields.

When patient level is selected, a measure logic is required.

Screenshot of adding a Measure Analytics

Step 5b:

In the Analytics section, select the level of analysis (population or patient level). Then, populate additional fields.

When population level is selected, numerator and denominator fields are required.

Screenshot of adding a Measure Analytics

Step 6:

In the Sub-Elements section, indicate (yes or no) whether you wish to link a Sub-Element (e.g., specific ICD-9 diagnosis codes to define a condition) to the Outcome Measure. Then, click "add Sub-Element."

Screenshot of adding a Measure Sub-Elements

Step 7:

If you wish to associate a Sub-Element with the Outcome Measure, you can search for an existing Sub-Element using the search tool and click "add." If the Sub-Element you are looking for does not exist, you can create a new Sub-Element from your "My Sub-Elements" Finder page. (See guidance below.) Once the Sub-Element is created, it will appear in search results on this page.

If you do not wish to associate any Sub-Elements with Measure, skip this step.

Screenshot of associating a Sub-Element with a Measure

Step 8:

In the Validity section, provide citation information for any publication(s) describing the content validity, criterion validity, reliability, or sensitivity of the Measure.

Screenshot of adding a Measure Validity

Step 9:

In the Measure scoring section, choose one or more applicable scoring methods.

Screenshot of adding a Measure Scoring

Step 10:

In the Data Sources Section, choose one or more applicable data sources.

Screenshot of adding a Measure Data Sources

Step 11:

In the Diseases/Conditions section, choose one or more applicable diseases/conditions.

Screenshot of adding a Measure Diseases/Conditions

Step 12:

In the Categories section, choose one or more applicable categories.

Screenshot of adding a Measure Categories

Step 13:

In the References section, indicate (yes or no) whether references are available. If references are available, provide the citation in the text field (required) and the PubMed ID (if applicable).

Screenshot of adding a Measure References

Step 14:

In the Keywords section, enter any relevant acronyms and related terms to be used as additional search terms. Press the "Enter" key after adding each word or phrase.

Screenshot of adding a Measure Keywords

Step 15:

In the Associated registries section, indicate (yes or no) whether patient registries are using this Measure. If yes, add the registry title (required) and a link to the associated registry (if applicable).

Screenshot of adding Associated Regigries to a Measure

Step 16:

When you have finished data entry, proceed to the "Preview" page to review all information. If you would like to edit any of the information, select the Edit Icon to return to the section.

Screenshot of the Measure Preview page

Step 17:

When the Measure Profile is complete, proceed to the "Save/Release Measure Profile" page. If all sections are complete and the record is ready for publishing to the OMR Search site, click the confirmation check-box and then click the "Release and Exit" button. A pop-up will prompt for a final confirmation. After release, the Measure Profile will be available on OMR Search within one calendar day.

Alternatively, "Save and Exit" will allow you to save the record without releasing it for publication, and return to it later.

Both the Release and Exit button and the Save and Exit button will terminate the ORS session. In order to make further updates to the Measure Profile, you will need to select "Edit" from the "My OMR Measures" page.

Screenshot of Save/Release Measure Profile

Copying, Creating, and Managing a Sub-Element Record in ORS

Step 1a:

When logged in, you can search for existing Sub-Elements using "Sub-Element" tab. Within the search results, click on the Sub-Element title to view the full Sub-Element Profile.

If you find an existing Sub-Element that you would like to use as a base for your Sub-Element, click the "Copy of this sub-element to My Sub-Elements" link at the top of the Profile. A copy of that Sub-Element will then appear in your list of "My Sub-Elements" under the "Manage" tab.

Select that Sub-Element from your "My Sub-Elements" list, and then proceed to Steps 2-4 to add or change information in all sections.

Screenshot of copying a Sub-Element

Step 1b:

If you do not find an existing Sub-Element Profile that you would like to use as a base for your Sub-Element Profile, return to the "My Sub-Elements" page and click "Add Sub-Element" to create a completely new Sub-Element.

Screenshot of creating a Sub-Element

Step 2:

Complete all required fields and applicable optional fields. Dropdown options vary depending on previous selections.

Screenshot of entering Sub-Element fields

Step 3:

When you have finished data entry, proceed to the "Preview" page to review all information. If you would like to edit any of the information, select the Edit Icon to return to the data entry screen.

Screenshot of Previewing a Sub-Element

Step 4:

When the Sub-Element Profile is complete, proceed to the "Save/Release Sub-Element Profile" page. If the record is ready for publishing, click the confirmation check-box and then click the "Release and Exit" button. A pop-up will prompt for a final confirmation. After release, the Sub-Element Profile will be available for Public Search within one calendar day. The Sub-Element Profile will be immediately available to assign to one of your Measures.

Alternatively, "Save and Exit" will allow you to save the record without releasing it for publication, and return to it later.

Both the Release and Exit button and the Save and Exit button will terminate the ORS session. In order to make further updates to the Sub-Element Profile, you will need to select "Edit" from the "My Sub-Elements" page.

Screenshot of Save/Releasing a Sub-Element Profile
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