HIMSS Health Story Project


Comprehensive electronic records that tell a patient's complete health story. Today, most electronic patient records and health information exchanges operate on a small percentage of the available information. The Health Story is dedicated to a comprehensive electronic record that can be shared to improve care through collaboration and analysis.

The Health Story Project began in 2006 as an alliance of healthcare vendors, providers and associations that pooled resources in a rapid-development initiative. In a span of three years, the Health Story Project produced eight Health Level Seven (HL7) data standards for the flow of information using common types of healthcare documents. Today, the Health Story is managed by HIMSS and participation is open to all HIMSS members. Visit the links below to learn more. 

» Health Story Project Fact Sheet & HIMSS Health Sory Value Statement



Join the Roundtable

Join the Roundtable to take an active role to advance the patient's story. We meet on a bi-monthly basis, on the 1st Monday of  month at 3pm CT/4pm ET. To join our next call, download the meeting invite from WebEx directly.

Upcoming Roundtable meeting dates:

  • November 3
  • February 2
  • April 6
  • June 1

Leadership Council meeting dates

  • November 11
  • December 9
  • January 13

Why Join?

» Advocate and build support for the Health Story Project
» Collaborate and network with Health Story Project supporters
» Engage with industry leaders on monthly meetings
» Participation on Health Story Roundtable is open to any HIMSS members at no additional cost

To learn more about the Health Story Project or to speak with a HIMSS staff member, please contact healthstory@himss.org.

Unable to attend?

Listen to the recording or download the presentations.

»Listen to the Inaugural Roundtable Meeting Recording - April 4, 2014

»See What You Missed on the August Roundtable Meeting - August 4, 2014

»See What You Missed on the September Roundtable Meeting - September 8, 2014

Roundtable Guidelines & Procedures

»Roundtable Charter

Data Standards

HL7 Implementation Guide for CDA R2

Published August 2010

This project designed a basic procedure note in XML as a constraint on HL7 version 3 Clinical Document Architecture Release 2. The note is basic enough to be used for all procedures and includes a sample note for endoscopy. To promote standardization and acceptance, it was closely modeled on the current HL7 CDA Operative Note. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and The Joint Commission (JCAHO) requirements, with specialty group input, was used to choose the contents. CMS and JCAHO, the primary regulators, requirements dictated the minimum content standards. Implementer institutions were given opportunity for input as to compatibility with current/planned systems.

The Health Story Project collaborated with the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) with strong volunteer support from Oregon Health & Science University. Within HL7, the project was sponsored by the Structured Documents Work Group.

» Access HL7 CDA Release 2

HL7/IHE Health Story Consolidation Project

The HL7/IHE Health Story Implementation Guide Consolidation Project is a collaboration of Health Level Seven (HL7) International, Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) and the Health Story Project. Working through the HL7 standards development organization, volunteers consolidated exchange standards for eight common types of clinical documents along with the HL7 Continuity of Care Document (CCD) standard into one comprehensive implementation package that establishes a foundation for health information exchange.

Through the consolidation and harmonization effort, the project addressed minor areas of ambiguity within the specific Standards Final Rule requirement to implement HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) Release 2, Continuity of Care Document according to HITSP C32.

ONC's Office of Standards and Interoperability (S&I) hosted the volunteer effort within its S&I Framework and facilitated the project through HL7 and IHE with support of its contractors. Consolidated CDA is a recommended standard for clinical documents in the proposed rule supporting Meaningful Use Stage 2.

Within HL7, the project was sponsored by the Structured Documents Work Group.

» Access HL7 Implementation Guide Release 2: IHE Health Story Consolidation, Release 1 - US Realm through HL7


News & Announcements

AHDI Healthcare Documentation Integrity Conference  - July 23-26, 2014

The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) Conference is  July 23-26, 2014 in Las Vegas, you will find engaging education that is content-rich and focused on current issues facing the health information profession today. HIMSS Members save $50 off the list price of registration. Email healthstory@himss.org for discount code. Download the full conference brochure for complete session descriptions, speaker biographies, and conference information.

Educational Tools & Presentations

IHE NA Connectathon Conference 2014 Presentation: Illustration of Community HIEs & Interoperability 

View the Presentation

HIMSS Conference New England Presentation: Ensuring Value in the Electronic Clinical Record

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HL7 Ambassador Webinar: Capturing the Patient Health Story with Consolidated CDA

This webinar covered the latest on how the HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) standard can be used to support information flow between clinical documents and EHR systems. The HL7 Consolidated CDA standard is referenced by the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology as a possible requirement for Stage 2 meaningful use of EHR systems. Presentation

Health Story Presentation to EHR Association

Overview of HL7 Consolidated-CDA, what it means to EHR vendors, and how it supports the Health Story approach. Presentation

HIMSS Government HIT Conference & Exhibit

Health Story's work on the HL7 Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture standard (C-CDA) is referenced by the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for HIT as possible requirements for Stage 2 meaningful use of EHRs. Come see C-CDA in action! Featuring Health Story members M*Modal, Verizon and MEDfx, which provides the HIE product for Connect Virginia.

Medical Economics: Web Seminar

Digitizing Your Paper Records Presentation

Healthcare Informatics: Health Story Webinar

Moving to the EHR: Mastering the Paper Clutter Presentation

HIMSS Virtual Briefing

Pathway to Meaningful Use: Unlocking Valuable Information in Unstructured Documents Presentation

Health Data Management

Making the Move to the EHR: How to Cut the Paper Clutter Presentation

Health Story Demo at HIMSS12

The demonstration featured Health Story members: Apixio, Canon U.S.A, ChartLogic, Fujitsu, Inofile, Lantana Consulting Group, M*Modal, Nuance, Optum and Verizon. Volunteer coordination provided by Lantana Consulting Group and Optimal Accords. Download pdf

The Radiologists Speech: Redefining the Full Potential of the Diagnostic Report

97th Scientific Assembly & Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. Presenter: Nick van Terheyden, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, Nuance Communications and Health Story Executive Committee Member Presentation

Health Story Project: Implementation Spotlights

Learn how application of these standards supports ARRA requirements for meaningful use for exchanging basic records and preservation of the full patient story. Discover the benefits of the Health Story approach by gaining insight into how two Health Story Project members are applying the standards, making narrative ready for the EHR. Download pdf 

HL7/IHE Health Story Consolidation Project Webinar

How to Participate in the HL7 Ballot Session slides

HIMSS11: Health Story Interoperability Showcase

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» Vermont Medical Society Resolution: Electronic Health Records and the Medical Record

» HIMSS Health Story Project Annotated Bibliography

» HIMSS Health Story Project Policy Summit 2013

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