The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…is developing a standards-based solution for transmission of health care-associated infection (HAI) data from existing commercial software systems to the agency’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). … CDC’s pilot project of the new solution in July and August, 2007 was the first field test of the Health Level…

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The Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) initiative results from a private collaboration sponsored by the Alliance for Pediatric Quality (Alliance), a joint effort of the American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Board of Pediatrics, Child Health Corporation of America, and the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions. Its goal is to develop an…

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A Quick Start Guide for implementers working with simple CDA documents. This guide covers requirements in the CDA header and body and explains fundamental concepts, e.g., the approach to identifiers, vocabulary, and data types.

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The “Single Source” concept applies the write-once, use-many principle to data gathering for clinical trials using CDA as the key to interoperability in this case study. The article reports on a pilot implementation done at the Duke Clinical Research Institute that radically streamlined the data-gathering process by eliminating redundant data entry. On a side note,…

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“Dictated medical notes and other types of transcribed patient records are usually available in electronic form, but have traditionally not been very useful in the context of an electronic medical record (EMR) system. Transcribed records follow a variety of formats depending on the clinical setting and type of transcription service used, making them difficult to…

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“Implementation guides for documents containing ‘history and physical reports’ were submitted Monday to Ann Arbor, Mich.-based HL7. It is the first ballot in what is expected to be a series of interoperability specifications under a project called Clinical Document Architecture for Common Document Types, or CDA4CDT. Standards development expert Liora Alschuler, the CDA4CDT project leader,…

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HL7 commissioned this survey under its EHR contract with the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The objective was to identify areas for leadership in standards and tool development that would accelerate adoption of exchange networks in the U.S.

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