C-CDA Documents: Building Blocks for Meaningful Exchange

While C-CDA (Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture) is regularly used in data exchange across the health IT community, the various types of C-CDA documents available for exchange are not well understood. This Roundtable describes the 12 document types defined in C-CDA, highlights the similarities and differences of the sections within those documents, and shows how C-CDA document and section templates can be leveraged as building blocks for more meaningful data exchange. Health Story Project members Lisa Nelson and Laura Bryan trace the evolution of these document types 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 various types of C-CDA documents are being used to benefit health information exchange and how these organizations leverage different document formats.

Learning Objectives:​

  • Understand the history of C-CDA document development and intended purpose
  • List the 12 document types in C-CDA R2.1
  • Explore the similarities and differences in sections included among the document types available
  • Discuss why using the right type of document improves information exchange
  • Examine how Transfer Summaries, Referral Notes and Progress Notes are used in current implementations

Speaker Information:

Laura Bryan, MT(ASCP), CHDS, AHDI-F
Vice President, MedEDocs Transcription

Lisa Nelson, MS, MBA
Principal Consultant, Life Over Time Solutions

Patty Lewis, RHIT, CHTS-PW
Implementation Lead, Coastal Connect Health Information Exchange

Christine Perfili, MBA, BS
CHARM Project Manager, Utah Department of Health

Shan He, PhD
Senior Medical Informaticist, Intermountain Healthcare


Interested in learning more? Check out the HIMSS blog below:
C-CDA Documents Provide the Building Blocks for Meaningful Exchange

C-CDA, data exchange, HIE, health story project