The Continuity of Care document, a compromise healthcare information transmission standard hammered out between erstwhile dueling standards development organizations Health Level 7 and ASTM International, has passed balloting by HL7, the two organizations announced today.
The CCD is the collaborative effort of HL7, Ann Arbor, Mich., and ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa., which had independently developed their own competing standards for electronic transmission of discharge summaries, and other basic patient information between electronic health-records systems and personal health-records systems.
The compromise incorporates ASTMs Continuity of Care Record standard developed in cooperation with the Massachusetts Medical Society, and HL7s Clinical Document Architecture/Continuity of Care Document.
HL7 held a 30-day balloting period that began on Dec. 6, 2006, and concluded on Jan. 4, 2007, which resulted in passing the CCD standard.
The CCD has been endorsed by the federally funded Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) for the exchange of clinical information such as patient demographics, medications and allergies.