Toward a National Health Information Infrastructure: A Key Strategy for Improving Quality in Long-Term Care. E. Summary

05/01/2003

In summary, achieving the vision of the NHII put forward by the NCVHS requires a high level of coordination among messaging standards, clinical document architecture standards, and standards for terminology coding systems. It is terminologies that provide the content that must be included in messages in electronic health information systems. Although no terminology standards have yet been recommended by NCVHS or the CHI, the characteristics of terminologies that will enable interoperability in electronic patient record systems are well described.


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