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. 

C-CDA Rendering Tool: A Demo with Health Story Project

Experience a new tool to improve visualization of your C-CDA (Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture) Documents. The Health Story Project's new series highlights the power of the CDA and features the winner of the 2016 ONC/HL7 Rendering Tool Challenge. Learn how C-CDA rendering capabilities can benefit physicians, patients, HIM professionals and other stakeholders. Once you watch the demo, we invite you to download the tool and try it for yourself!

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Call for C-CDA Presentations!

The HIMSS Health Story Project is collecting real-life Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) implementation stories that demonstrate direct impact on your organization and patient care from the viewpoint of implementation teams, clinicians and the staff’s unique experiences.

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Health Story Project Roundtable

Next Roundtable Session

Health Stories Co-Produced: Emerging ISA Use Cases Position Patients as Collaborators
May 1, 2017 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET

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Most Recent Roundtable Session

C-CDA Documents: Building Blocks for Meaningful Exchange 

Health Story Project members Lisa Nelson and Laura Bryan trace the evolution of C-CDA (Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture) document templates and their intended purposes. Patty Lewis of Coastal Connect HIE, Christine Perfili with the Utah Department of Health, and Shan He from Intermountain Healthcare provide real-world examples showing how their organizations leverage different C-CDA document formats and how these various types of C-CDA documents are being used to benefit health information exchange.

Join the Roundtable to take an active role to advance the patient's story.

  • 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 join the Health Story Project Roundtable: Click the "Join the Roundtable" button below to view your HIMSS Participations, then click “Edit Participations,” select “Health Story Project,” and save your updated settings.

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

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Data Standards

HL7 Implementation Guide for CDA R2

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

Call for Speakers

Volunteer to be a Speaker for a HIMSS Health Story Project Roundtable

If you are a clinician, health information management professional,  payer, researcher, or developer and implementer in the healthcare or an allied sector, who has a story to tell about capturing the patient’s complete health story and aligns with the Health Story Project’s objectives, we encourage you to submit a brief description of your speaking proposal and potential speakers for a 60-minute presentation to healthstory@himss.org. The proposals must be vendor-neutral and educational in nature.

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