The Uniform Data System (UDS) is a standardized data set and annual program requirement defined in Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act. This consistent, core set of information about health centers includes patient demographics and characteristics, staffing and services provided, clinical processes and health outcomes, costs, and revenues. The data that the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) receive through the UDS is vital to further expand access, address health disparities, improve quality, and reduce the costs of health care.
UDS data is used to comply with legislative and regulatory requirements, inform HRSA, Congress, and the public of health center performance and operations, document program effectiveness, identify trends over time, and enable comparison with national benchmarks.
The UDS reporting system and associated data and reports are available to health centers in HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) and to the public through HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) website.
Health centers are expected to have a system in place to collect and organize data related to the HRSA-approved scope of project, as required to meet Health and Human Services (HHS) reporting requirements, including those data elements for UDS reporting; and that they submit timely, accurate, and complete UDS reports in accordance with HRSA instructions. To assist health centers with meeting these program requirements, the UDS Support Center provides training, technical assistance, and resources about the UDS data and reporting requirements.