Inventory of Health Care Information Standards. CPRI Computer-based Patient Record Description of Content


V. Contact for more information

Note: A) Include name, E-mail address, phone and fax number.

Margaret Amatayakul

Executive Director

Computer-based Patient Record Institute

1000 East Woodfield Road., Suite 102

Schaumburg, IL 60173

TEL. 847-706-6746

FAX. 847-706-6747


VI. Description of Standard

Notes: A) Include separate statements for:

- objectives:


The objectives of Computer-based Patient Record Description of Content provides detailed information about the dimensions of the computer-based patient record. It defines information content, information representation, and time span. As well, it briefly describes migration from paper-based medical record systems to the expansive vision of the computer-based patient record presented by the Institute of Medicine (The Computer-based Patient Record: An Essential Technology for Health Care, National Academy Press, April 1991).


The primary function of Computer-based Patient Record Description of Content is to assist in understanding of the scope of the content of the computer-based patient record.

- user environment (reimbursement, administrative,

clinical and/or other functional areas)

User Environment

Computer-based Patient Record Description of Content is applicable to any provider implementing computer-based patient records, or any vendor developing CPR systems.

- systems environment (operating systems, network,

hardware or other requirements)

- Application function/domain completeness (Within the

defined scope of this standard, what functions/codes

are complete?


Computer-based Patient Record Description of Content may be used alone, or in conjunction with other CPRI descriptive materials. It is not dependent upon other standards.

- In what way(s) is this standard superior to other

standards in this category/classification?

Competing Standards

To our knowledge there is no other descriptive document serving this purpose.

- any other relevant characteristics

VII. Readiness of Standard

Notes: A) Is it a guideline? If so, does it address policy, process, practice or design?


Computer-based Patient Record Description of Content addresses design.

B) Is it implementable? (If so, is it fully or partially implementable?, explain)


Computer-based Patient Record Description of Content is implementable by any organization that wishes to use it as a tool for planning.

C) How can the standard be obtained?


Computer-based Patient Record Description of Content is available on CPRI's web site ( Paper copy can be obtained for a nominal fee from the Computer-based Patient Record Institute.

D) Does it require a separate implementation guide? (If so

is the guide approved by the SDO?

Implementation Guide

Not required.

E) Is there only one implementation guideline (or are there

major options that impact compatibility)?

Comformance Standard Specification

Since this is a guideline, conformance testing is not applicable

F) Is a conformance standard specified?

G) Are conformance test tools available?

H) Source of test tools?

I) If the standard is under development, what parts of it

are ready now?

Development Stage

Computer-based Patient Record Description of Content is final and was released in April 1996.

J) What extensions are now under development?


Discussions are underway to develop an object-oriented view of computer-based patient records which may ultimately, but not at this time, substitute for this work.

K) What are the major milestones toward standards


L) What are the projected dates for final ballotting and/or


M) Please note any other indicators of readiness that may

be appropriate.

VIII. Indicator of Market Acceptance

Notes: A) If the standard is a guideline, how many copies have been

requested and distributed?

Market Acceptance

No information is available about sales of this relatively new product.

B) If the standard is an implementable standard, how many

vendors, healthcare organizations and/or government

agencies are using it?

C) Is this standard being used in other countries (which

are they)?

D) Please note any other relevant indicator of market

acceptance within the public or private sector.

IX. Level of Specificity

Notes: A) If your standard is a guideline, how detailed is it?

B) If it is an implementable standard, describe how

detailed its framework is and its level of granularity.

C) Does the standard(s) reference or assume other standards

to achieve more specificity?

D) If it includes or assumes code sets, which ones are they?

E) What is the description of the code set?

F) How is the code set acquired?

G) Is there a users' guide or some other assistance

available on the code set?

H) If the code set is currently in use, what is the extent

of its use (e.g., approximate number of users)?

I) If the code set is under development, what are the

projected dates of completion and implementation?

X. Relationships with other standards

Notes: A) Identify other standards and the relationship(s) with

other standards such as inclusion, dependency, interface overlap, conflict or coordination.

B) Identify specific standards reconciliation or

coordination activities.

C) What portion of the specification and functionality is

affected by this coordination?

D) What conditions are assumed in order for this

coordination to be effective?

E) Is this standard consistent with international standards?

If so, which standards?

F) What gaps remain among related standards that should be


G) Describe what is being done to address these gaps.

XI. Identifiable Costs

Notes: A) Please indicate the cost or your best estimate for the


  • Cost of licensure
  • Cost of acquisition (if different from licensure)


Paper copy of Computer-based Patient Record Description of Content is available from CPRI at a cost of $15. See above for web site availability.

  • Cost/timeframes for education and training
  • Cost/timeframes for implementation
  • Please note any other cost considerations.