We are starting a new healthcare standards poll today (see lower right column of this site). In the Healthcare Standards IFR, Stage 1 (2011) calls for an option: (1) Use the Continuity of Care Record (CCR) standard or (2) HL7 Continuity of Care Document (CCD) standard. It is your choice, but it will be “converged” later.
“Converging” or “harmonizing” CCR and CCD is a good direction, as pointed out in a recent ZDNet healthcare blog post, yet too many options create hurdles which need to be overcome and add time to implementation schedules.
With all of the effort being placed on implementing projects to achieve Meaningful Use, clarity – rather than vagueness – is essential. By not clearly defining a direction upfront, healthcare providers have to support the complexity of multiple healthcare standards rather than focusing implementation efforts on a more definitive approach. This is frustrating, especially when it is stated that this will be converged later.
In 2008, we wrote a satirical blog entitled What If There Was an Election on Healthcare Standards? In retrospect, it is closer to where we are today than we knew!
Regardless, now is your opportunity to vote. Rather than wait until after 2011 to determine which one wins, let’s vote today. Which standard should be used — CCD or CCR? Vote now to clarify the direction!