Electronic clinical document exchange
Prior to the approval of the Continuity of Care Document () as an ANSI Standard in 2007, electronic data exchange of clinical data could utilize one of two formats: Clinical Document Architecture () or ASTM Continuity of Care Record (). Both formats allow providers to share clinical summary information about patients to referring physicians, pharmacies, systems and other providers.
Both formats also have the ultimate goal of improving patient care. But although they are similar in this way, they are not compatible with each other.