Standards group adds focus on patient-authored documents
“Our motto is get the data flowing,” Joy Kuhl told me in an interview last week. And the Health Story Project, of which Kuhl is executive director, is doing just that. Besides helping EHR vendors adopt and test Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) implementation, the nonprofit organization is adding a focus on patient-authored documents.
Formed five years ago, the collaborative of over two dozen healthcare vendors, providers and associations has made a significant contribution to the interoperability movement by focusing on clinical information that is not always available in an accessible format in an EHR, such as History and Physical, Discharge Summary, Diagnostic Imaging Report, and Procedure Note.
“The members realized that the industry is sitting on massive amounts of clinical documents, and the question was how to get that information into structured data,” Kuhl said. Health Story accelerates development of HL7 CDA implementation guides for common types of clinical documents, brings them through the HL7 ballot process and promotes their adoption within the industry.