A free Web seminar on Dec. 1 will cover how providers can exchange basic patient records and meet initial meaningful use requirements.

Standards development organization Health Level Seven International and the Health Story Project, an industry consortium that develops HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) implementation guides for electronic health care documents, will conduct the one-hour seminar at 10 a.m. Eastern Time.

Health Story Project and HL7 have jointly created implementation guides covering consultation note, history and physical, operative note, discharge summary, and diagnostic imaging report. They are working on a progress note, procedure note and using the CDA for unstructured documents.

Many vendors can produce electronic documents based on the CDA but more awareness of the option is needed, says Bob Dolin, M.D., chair of HL7 and principal of the standards consultancy Semantically Yours LLC. "Many EMR system vendors do not know that companies in the transcription and clinical documentation industry can produce and offer electronic documents in the CDA format. Additionally, providers are not aware that they can ask for this approach to discrete data capture, which is minimally disruptive to clinician workflow."

Registration for the Web seminar is available here.

--Joseph Goedert


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