[How do I enter data using batch upload?]
ACCME provides two options for batch uploading data from several activities directly into PARS. These options are desirable for those providers who manage many activities each year and may use CME tracking systems or databases to store activity data and information. [Using “Batch Upload Activity” – Manage many activities each year, Use CME tracking systems/databases.]
The first “batch upload” method allows providers to import multiple activity records into PARS by using a specially-formatted electronic document called a “tab-delimited file.” This process originates with an ACCME-provided Microsoft Excel spreadsheet template that closely mirrors the CME Activity List used previously by accredited providers during the reaccreditation process.
[Use “Tab-Delimited” If… Easily match fields with your CME tracking system, same activity in multiple locations each year.]
Organizations that already have their own CME tracking system and have the ability to match the fields in their systems to the fields in the template might elect to use this format. The tab-delimited format might also be a good choice for organizations that provide the same activity in multiple locations throughout the year.
Click on the link provided here to learn more about the “tab delimited” option if you think that it might be a good fit for your organization. The link will take you to educational resources about this option, including detailed instructions and a downloadable file template for you to use. In order for your upload to be successful, data must conform to the specific format described by the ACCME – so be sure to read the instructions before you begin.
The second batch upload option available to you is to import your activity data using XML. XML stands for “eXtensible Markup Language” – a Web standard that makes it easier for computer systems to exchange data over the Internet. [Use XML option if your CME tracking system supports XML.] Providers that have CME activity tracking systems that support exporting data to XML may wish to explore this option. However, technical knowledge of your tracking system and XML will be required. You’ll want to click here for more information about the XML batch-upload approach – and be sure that your IT or technical staff persons familiarize themselves with the instructions and the XML schema that are provided.
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