The International Organization for Standardization has published as an international standard the Electronic Health Record System Functional Model, Release 1.1. The standard was developed by Health Level Seven, a standards development organization in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The functional model is designed to provide guidance to EHR software developers and purchasers about the features any such product should have. The model contains about 1,000 criteria covering more than 150 functions in such areas as medication history, problem lists, orders, clinical decision support, and privacy and security.

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