Revised Implementation Guide Submitted for HL7 Balloting


Ann Arbor, MI – Today a major revision to the Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) Implementation Guide was submitted for balloting. The formal name of the new document is “HL7 Implementation Guide for CDA® Release 2: Consolidated CDA Templates for Clinical Notes (US Realm) Draft Standard for Trial Use Release 2.” It will be balloted by Health Level Seven (HL7), the leading ANSI-accredited standards organization developing a framework and standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of clinical information. The September balloting cycle will be used to collect comments on the document spanning over 1,000 pages in length. It will then proceed to the HL7’s plenary session to be held in Cambridge, MA later that month.

“| am honored to have contributed to the development of this document by integrating direct feedback from vendors and key findings from the SMART C-CDA Collaborative” expressed John D’Amore, President of Diameter Health. Mr. D’Amore is listed as a Primary Editor in this revised implementation guide. The C-CDA Implementation Guide holds a special place in advancing interoperability given its adoption as part of Meaningful Use, the federal program to promote electronic health record adoption. Significant improvements were made in this revision, including clarification of trouble-points in vendor implementation as well as tightened conformance and new information templates. The document is expected to be ready for final publication after ballot reconciliation by early 2014.

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