Data Interchange Standards
The ability to share health information among key provider stakeholders by sending and receiving data across information systems is critical to the practice of health care. Health care data interchange standards—and the organizations that develop and promote them—facilitate this essential process by enabling the exchange of health information in a way that is both understandable and useful to the various stakeholders. Without the benefit of these standards, health care providers’ ability to access and share information for use in the diagnosis and treatment of patients would be seriously compromised.
To prepare for this discussion, you need to reflect on the purpose and use of data interchange standards in health care. You will also explore in detail the specifics of some of the most commonly used standards for data interchange, including Health Level 7 (HL7), Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM), National Council on Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP), and Accredited Standards Committee X12 (ASC X12).
ost a comprehensive response to the following: How can you distinguish between commonly used data interchange standards, including Health Level 7 (HL7), Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM), National Council on Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP), and Accredited Standards Committee X12 (ASC X12)?
• Article: Institute of Medicine. (2003). Health Care Data Standards. In S. M. Erickson, J. Wolcott, J. M. Corrigan, & P. Aspden (Eds.), Patient Safety: Achieving a New Standard for Care. National Academies Press. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK216088/
• Article: Hyun, S., Shapiro, J. S., Melton, G., Schlegel, C., Stetson, P. D., Johnson, S. B., et al. (2009). Iterative evaluation of the Health Level 7-Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes Clinical Document Ontology for representing clinical document names: A case report. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2732231/pdf/395.S1067502709000309.main.pdf
This article summarizes the results of adequacy testing conducted at Columbia University Medical Center on three versions of the HL7-LOINC Clinical Document Ontology, which was developed to support the exchange of clinical documents through the representation of document names.
• Article: Indrajit, I., & Verma, B. (2007). DICOM, HL7 and IHE: A basic primer on healthcare standards for radiologists. Indian Journal of Radiology & Imaging, 17(2), 66-68. Retrieved from http://ezp.waldenulibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=26069173&site=ehost-live&scope=site
The article outlines three health information standards developed to improve workflow efficiency in radiology: Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM), Health Level 7 (HL7), and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE).
• Article: Kabachinski, J. (2006). What is Health Level 7? Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology, 40(5), 375-379.
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This article offers an overview of HL7, a specification for the describing, formatting, encoding, and sharing of clinical and administrative data in health care.
• Article: Wright, M., Ballance, D., Robertson, I., & Poteet, B. (2008). Introduction to DICOM for the practicing veterinarian. Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound: The Official Journal of the American College of Veterinary Radiology and the International Veterinary Radiology Association, 49(1), S14-S18.
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