NCI using HL7 to move clinical trial data

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The National Cancer Institute is partnering with Health Level Seven, the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based nonprofit standards developer, to package clinical trial data using HL7 Clinical Data Architecture (CDA), allowing the information to be made available in patient EHRs.

The same HL7 standards are incorporated into EHRs to bring clinical trial data to the bedside. The HL7 CDA, a universal format for transmitting data between the clinical and public health sides of healthcare, will give providers a look at care provided to patients in clinical trials.

The announcement was made during the 2012 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in Las Vegas, Feb. 20-24.