Core Health Data Elements: Report of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics. Background


The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) and the Department of Health and Human Services, which it advises, have initiated and completed the first iteration of a process to identify a set of core health data elements on persons and encounters or events that can serve multiple purposes and would benefit from standardization. In August 1994, the Department recognized the National Committee's unique history in promoting standardization of health information when it asked the Committee to provide information and advice that will help maximize the utility of core person and encounter data for meeting the Department's responsibilities. More recently, the Department has been asked by the Vice President to play a leadership role, working with the Committee, in accelerating evolution of public and private health information systems toward more uniform, shared data standards.