CCD-Continuity of Care Document

The Continuity of Care Document (CCD) is built using HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) elements and contains data that is defined by the ASTM Continuity of Care Record (CCR). It is used to share summary information about the patient within the broader context of the personal health record.


The Continuity of Care Document

Changing the landscape of healthcare information exchange

Electronic clinical document exchange

Prior to the approval of the Continuity of Care Document (CCD) as an ANSI Standard in 2007, electronic data exchange of clinical data could utilize one of two formats: HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) or ASTM Continuity of Care Record (CCR). Both formats allow providers to share clinical summary information about patients to referring physicians, pharmacies, EMR 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.

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