Inventory of Health Care Information Standards. Template for Transaction Standards


The purpose of this template is to assist the individuals in the ANSI HISB Inventory of Standards Workgroup and members of Standard Development Organizations (SDOs) to summarize the characteristics of health care information standards in a consistent manner.

Once filled in, each template will be included in the ANSI HISB Inventory of Standards Report to be presented to the DHHS in December 1996.

The scope of the Inventory of Standards Report are those healthcare transaction standards and supporting standards identified in the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, which must be selected by the DHHS within 18 months of enactment.

Please prepare your responses in Microsoft Word and send your draft template input to the Medical Records Institute at by November 11.

I. Category/Classification of Standard


A. Use classifications identified in the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 such as "claims or equivalent encounter information"

and "coordination of benefits information", etc.

II. Standards Development Organization (SDO)


A. Include SDO name and domain developing committee if appropriate.

III. ANSI Accreditation, ANSI Accreditation applied for or not ANSI



A. If your organization is ANSI accredited, what is the type and scope of accreditation? For example, is it Accredited Organization Method, Accredited Standards Committee Method or is it Accredited Sponsor using Canvas Method? If not, have you applied for accreditation?

IV. Name of Standard


A. Include the name followed by the number of the standard, if a number is available.

V. Contact for more information


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

VI. Description of Standard


A. Include separate statements for:

  • objectives
  • functions
  • user environment (reimbursement, administrative,

clinical and/or other functional areas)

- 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?

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

standards in this category/classification?

- any other relevant characteristics

VII. Readiness of Standard


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

B.Can it be implemented? (If so, can it be fully or partially implemented?, explain)

C.How can the standard be obtained?

D.Does it require a separate implementation guide? (If so is the guide approved by the SDO?

E.Is there only one implementation guideline (or are there major options that impact compatibility)?

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?

J.What extensions are now under development?

AA. What are the major milestones toward standards completion?

BB. What are the projected dates for final balloting and/or implementation?

CC. Please note any other indicators of readiness that may be appropriate.

VIII. Indicator of Market Acceptance


A. If the standard is a guideline, how many copies have been requested and distributed?

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)?

Please note any other relevant indicator of market acceptance within the public or private sector.

IX. Level of Specificity


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


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 addressed?

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

XI. Identifiable Costs


A. Please indicate the cost or your best estimate for the following:

  • Cost of licensure
  • Cost of acquisition (if different from licensure)
  • Cost/timeframes for education and training
  • Cost/timeframes for implementation
  • Please note any other cost considerations.