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Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) for Public Health Pilot Project

The Health IT (HIT) Standards Federal Advisory Committee has recommended the use of the Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) as a future direction for electronic data exchanges between clinical and public health information systems for public health reporting. In November 2011, the Public Health Data Standards Consortium (PHDSC) launched a project, CDA for Public Health Pilot, in partnership with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), and with the support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

PHDSC worked with local and state health departments and the HIT vendor community, both clinical EHR vendors and Public Health HIT vendors, to design and implement two pilot projects to demonstrate electronic data exchanges between clinical Electronic Health Record (EHR) Systems and public health agencies information systems using CDA standards. The pilot projects focused on communicable diseases reporting.

A Call for Participation was completed mid-January 2012 soliciting participants for the project. The pilot projects was completed in May 2012.

Three pilot sites were selected for the project: State of Delaware, San Diego County and State of New York. Health departments in the six jurisdictions (MI, CT, MA, OK, SC and WA) participated as observers helping to guide the pilot project design and implementation.

Please review the Project Report: CDA for PH Pilot Project for a complete description of the project and the project outcomes.

For more information, please visit the CDA for Public Health Pilot Project Wiki.