Clinical Data Standards in Health Care: Five Case Studies

Katherine Kim, M.B.A., M.P.H.

This report provides a general overview of clinical data standards and highlights how different organizations are using standards to implement interoperable software solutions.

July 2005

Unlike other industries, such as international banking, which developed and implemented standards for electronic data exchange, the American health care system still has much work to do to achieve a common data framework.

Interoperability -- the enabling of communications across software and hardware of multiple vendors -- requires the creation, acceptance, and implementation of clinical data standards to ensure that data in one part of the system is available and usable across a variety of clinical settings.

This report provides a general overview of clinical data standards and highlights how different organizations are using those standards to implement interoperable software solutions. Five case studies from a spectrum of health care organizations underscore the challenges and opportunities for implementing clinical data standards today.

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