From the QualityNet website: CART, the CMS Abstraction & Reporting Tool, is a powerful application for the collection and analysis of quality improvement data. Through data collection, retrospective analyses and real-time reporting, CART enables hospitals to comprehensively evaluate and manage quality improvement efforts. Whether a hospital is seeking Medicare certification and/or Joint Commission accreditation, or undertaking its own quality improvement initiatives, CART is ideal for the data collection and analyses that are essential to the success of all quality improvement efforts. The application is available at no charge to hospitals or other organizations seeking to improve the quality of care in the following clinical areas:


  • Emergency Department (ED)
  • Immunization (IMM)
  • Pneumonia (PN)
  • Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock (SEP)
  • Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)


  • Acute Myocardial Infarction
  • Chest Pain
  • Emergency Department (ED) – Throughput
  • Pain Management
  • Stroke

CART is available for use on a stand-alone, Windows-based computer, in a computer network or in environments without computing resources (paper tool). For more CART details, refer to the QualityNet website – under “Hospitals – Inpatient” —> “Data Collection (& CART)” for the Inpatient CART tool and “Hospitals – Outpatient” —> “Data Collection (& CART)” for the Outpatient CART tool.