HIMSS Health Story Project

Recent Health Story Project Roundtable

C-CDA Documents on FHIR:
Essential Information to Understand how C-CDA and FHIR Work Together

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Our Mission

The Health Story Project within HIMSS that works to educate the health IT community on tools and resources to aid in the creation of 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.

Our History

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 Project hosts quarterly educational Roundtables, and participation is open to all HIMSS members. Visit the below links 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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Health Story Project Roundtables

The Health Story Project’s Roundtable series provides real-life success stories that are working to advance the patient story through the use of CDA document standards.

Next Roundtable Session

Stay tuned for information on our upcoming event. 

Most Recent Roundtable Session

C-CDA Documents on FHIR


This Roundtable presentation discussed mapping of C-CDA documents to the HL7 FHIR® standard.

View Past Roundtables

Health Story Project Driving 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. The 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

Tools and Resources

In addition to providing content via our Roundtable series, Health Story Project is dedicated to sharing resources that can aide the health IT community in leveraging the C-CDA and other document exchange standards to their fullest potential. Check back soon for more tools to help in your C-CDA needs.

If you would like to see a resource to assist with a specific standard implementation, email healthstory@himss.org.


Join the Interoperability & HIE Community

Join the Interoperability & HIE Community to stay up to date on the Health Story Project and 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 Roundtables is open to any HIMSS members at no additional cost

To join the Health Story Project discussions: Click the "Join the Community" button below to view your HIMSS Participations, then click “Edit Participations,” select “Interoperability & HIE Community,” 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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Call for Speakers

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

If you are a clinician, patient, 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.

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.

Share your story today!

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