ONC includes ASTM International standard in final rule for HIT

July 21, 2010

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., July 20, 2010—The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, has included an ASTM International standard as part of its formal certification criteria for electronic health record (EHR) technologies. The standard, ASTM E2369, Specification for Continuity of Care Record (CCR), was developed by Subcommittee E31.25 on Healthcare Data Management, Security, Confidentiality and Privacy, part of ASTM International Committee E31 on Healthcare Informatics.

ASTM E2369 outlines a way to create flexible XML documents that contain the most relevant and timely healthcare information about a patient and to send these records electronically from one caregiver to another and to patients in the hope of creating better coordination and quality of care. The CCR is a core data set of the most relevant administrative, demographic and clinical information facts about a patient’s healthcare. The CCR data set includes information about health status, as well as details concerning insurance, advance directives, care documentation and the patient’s care plan.