Webinars-On-Demand CQL Learning Series: View Five Free Lectures Now!

Watch our online learning series on healthcare IT’s hottest trend, CQL (Clinical Quality Language), the expression language that is transforming the entire healthcare landscape. From clinical care delivery to quality improvement to back-office automation, for payers and providers alike, you need to know the ins and outs of CQL.

Consisting of five 30-minute virtual lectures, listen to Bryn Rhodes (creator of CQL); Apervita Chief Informatics and Innovation Officer Dr. Blackford Middleton; Apervita Vice President of Clinical Informatics Dr. Matthew Burton; and Dr. Davide Sottara to explore how the healthcare industry is leveraging CQL to transform electronic clinical quality measurement, clinical pathways, clinical decisions support and more.

View & listen as many lectures as you'd like. While the topics build progressively, the individual lectures stand on their own as well.


The explosion of clinical data and medical knowledge over the last 60 years has brought as many benefits to healthcare as it has challenges. Collecting data is no longer the primary challenge. The difficulty now lies in using data to support clinician reasoning and integrating it into natural clinical workflows. In this lecture, Dr. Blackford Middleton will explore the progression of clinical reasoning and clinical decision support (CDS) as enabled by ever-advancing computing and information technologies like CQL.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Review the history and the future of clinical reasoning and CDS to make more accurate clinical decisions and avoid error
  • Understand how to make knowledge computable with CQL and applications to support clinical reasoning and automation
  • Learn how CQL-enabled cognitive computing capabilities facilitate first time quality and a cycle of continuous quality improvement

As health IT standards have matured along with the capabilities that can reason over them, the industry can derive exponentially more value from clinical data in less time with less cost. The burden of translating knowledge into practice can be dramatically improved with new standards. In this lecture, Drs. Matthew Burton and Davide Sottara will present how clinical computing capabilities are evolving to enable the full clinical quality lifecycle.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Review new health IT standards changing the world of clinical computing
  • Learn how CQL enables the reuse of clinical logic across diverse use cases and applications
  • Understand how CQL, FHIR and other modern standards are accelerating knowledge implementation while reducing clinician burden

Building on the foundation of the previous two lectures, Dr. Matthew Burton and Bryn Rhodes will explore real-world clinical applications and CQL use cases for both payers and providers. Learn how CQL enables payers and providers to share data as well as consistent, accurate computable specifications for measurement, which can transform the way they collaborate around value-based care.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how CQL enables payers and providers to more effectively collaborate
  • Become familiar with public libraries of measures and reusable clinical reasoning logic to use and repurpose published measure specifications in CQL
  • Understand the value of cloud-based approaches to using CQL

CQL enables consistent clinical computable logic to be reused in quality measurement and performance programs to support the full lifecycle of clinical quality improvement. Because of this newly-enabled alignment, computable clinical best practices are readily integrated at the point-of-care into workflow to effectively address care gaps before they even occur. In this lecture, Drs. Matthew Burton and Davide Sottara will explain how electronic clinical pathways are made possible by CQL and other technologies, creating a new meaning for “clinical decision support” and aligning CDS with quality measurement.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how CQL can be used to express clinical best practices such that measurement and enablement serve the same intent through shared business logic
  • Understand how CQL supports care gap prevention and intervention
  • Examine how CQL in the cloud allows the reuse of logic expressing clinical best practices across multiple applications, including EHRs

The value of CQL is just starting to be realized. As additional standards like OMG and FHIR align with CQL, applications previously only imagined become realized, generating new value. CQL will continue to advance patient-centric, clinical best-practice approaches by bringing payers and providers closer together and promoting proactive clinical interventions and enabling the full lifecycle of quality improvement. In this lecture, Dr. Blackford Middleton and Bryn Rhodes, the primary author of the CQL standard, will outline their vision for the future of CQL and related technologies.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how CQL is an enabling capability within the more holistic clinical quality framework
  • Understand how CQL in the cloud brings the future of clinical cognitive computing to your organization today
  • Learn how CQL-enabled approaches address high-value healthcare use cases to deliver value to payers, providers, and patients


Who does CQL interest? Healthcare quality, performance, network, IT and strategy leaders who are curious and/or ready to put CQL into action at their organizations