The changes produce “the first model-driven version of the SCRIPT standard that creates XML (extensible markup language) schemas,” according to an NCPDP news release.
In addition, the not-for-profit organization introduced its “Specialized Standard Implementation Guide” for transmission between providers, payers, pharmacies and other organizations of patient information and for use in medication therapy management transactions, the NCPDP statement said.
Proposed by the Veterans Administration, the use of XML, it is hoped, “will to accelerate developers' ability to implement standards,” according to the NCPDP statement.
“Through this work, the foundation has been laid for the development of new functionality, as well as the movement of existing NCPDP standards into the new model framework,” said NCPDP Vice President, Lynne Gilbertson in the news release. “This represents both a seamless and effective methodology for marrying the best practices of using a model environment to NCPDP's culture and standards.”