HL7, ASTM to collaborate on harmonizing standards for health records

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Health Level Seven, an organization focused on developing electronic health record (EHR) standards, and ASTM International E31 Continuity of Care Record, a group that is developing standards for the Continuity of Care Record (CCR), indicated this week that they are willing to sign an agreement to work together.

ASTM said the current agreement is sufficient to provide records standards for the industry.

The CCR standard, which received preliminary approval in April, aims to provide a document summarizing personal health information in paper, digital and Web-based formats. Clinicians and organizations can share CCR information, and patients can carry it with them.

The CCR is not meant to replace or enhance an EHR. The ASTM committee next week will meet in Washington, D.C., to complete an implementation guide for vendors developing CCR-related technology.