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Health Level Seven and The Health Story Project Announce Publication of Diagnostic Imaging Report Guide at Annual RSNA Meeting : HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) Implementation Guide Enhances Radiology Reporting
Date:12/2/2008

The latest development in the standardization of information flow between radiologists and electronic health record systems was announced today at the 94th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North American (RSNA) by Health Level Seven (HL7) and The Health Story Project (previously known as the CDA for Common Document Types or CDA4CDT project).

CHICAGO (Business Wire EON) December 2, 2008 -- According to M*Modal, one of the founders of Health Story, the new implementation guide for Diagnostic Imaging Reports will create a standard channel for sharing the clinical detail in narrative radiology reports, allowing radiologists to make the information readily accessible to computerized clinical information systems. The new HL7-approved CDA Implementation Guide for Diagnostic Imaging Reports will help radiologists capture and share the whole report or patient story in an industry-accepted, human and machine readable format that includes rich narrative and structured data. High-quality diagnostic decision-making reports will be more easily available to both referring clinicians and clinical systems.

The DIR implementation guide was developed in conjunction with the DICOM Work Group (WG) 20 / HL7 Imaging Integration WG and is consistent with the Transformation Guide from DICOM Structured Reports to CDA that is now in ballot within DICOM. It is based on many years of work within the DICOM and HL7 communities by individuals and organizations dedicated to interoperability. Health Story worked closely with DICOM WG 20 / HL7 Imaging Integration WG volunteers in the final stages of refinement, consensus building and balloting within HL7.

"HL7 and DICOM closely cooperated on this project. The communication of structured documents between imaging and clinical information systems is an important stepfor informed clinical decision making," said Helmut
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