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.
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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.
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.
Health Story Project Joins HIMSS - September 2013
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The proposals must be vendor-neutral and educational in nature.
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