Touting its ability to revolutionize the way patient healthcare information is preserved and transferred, the standard-setting organization ASTM International has released E2369 -- which includes specifications for continuity-of-care record content and electronic formatting.
The new standard is being promoted as a way to reduce medical errors, while achieving higher quality and better efficiency when patients are referred or transferred to other providers, clinics or hospitals.
"Clinicians, both individually and through their membership organizations, have been the main drivers of the CCR," said CCR task group co-chairwoman Claudia Tessier of Mobile Healthcare Alliance in a news release. "Through them we have identified the most relevant patient information to be shared among providers."
The 11 organizations involved in developing E2369 were: the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, American Health Care Association, American Medical Association, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Massachusetts Medical Society, Medical Group Management Association, Mobile Healthcare Alliance, National Association for the Support of Long-Term Care, and the Patient Safety Institute.
Last year, the American Academy of Family Physicians launched Project Continuity of Care; one of the three goals for the project is raising awareness of E2369.
ASTM International was originally known as the American Society for Testing and Materials and formed more than 100 years ago by engineers and scientists to answer the need for standards in the railroad industry.
Read more about the E2369 standard at: http://www.astm.org/cgi-bin/SoftCart.exe/DATABASE.CART/REDLINE_PAGES/E2369.htm?L+mystore+nhqf4656.
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