CDISC Partners with DIA and IHE to Demonstrate EHRs for Medical Research


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The Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium

(CDISC) is pleased to announce its collaboration with



Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise

(IHE) to bring a demonstration of the implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) to streamline medical research. This process represents a simple yet powerful means towards shortening the current 17 year gap in translating research results into clinical care decisions.
“CDISC has been a leader in demonstrating the value of EHRs in the research arena,” stated Dr. Doug Fridsma, Director, Office of Interoperability & Standards at the U.S. HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).  “Linking clinical care with clinical research sets the stage for novel ways of leveraging patient care information using more granular metadata approaches.”
The currently available solution is being demonstrated by EHR vendors along with clinical trial technology and service providers, CDISC and HIMSS at DIA 2011 in Chicago on June 19-23.  
DIA 2011 provides educational and networking opportunities to more than 8,000 professionals involved in the discovery, development, and life cycle management of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, and related health care products.
“We are very pleased to partner with DIA and CDISC to feature the profiles from the Quality Research and Public Health domain of IHE.  This is a valuable opportunity to share the HIMSS Interoperability ShowcaseTM  with research stakeholders,” said H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS President and CEO of HIMSS.
CDISC has been working with the IHE Committee on Quality Research and Public Health (QRPH) for the past 7 years to develop the necessary integration profiles to implement global standards such as CDISC and HL7.  The ANSI-sponsored Interoperability Specification (IS # 158), which provides a core standard research dataset from EHRs, was ratified by the Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) in 2010.  The development of this IS was conducted in a manner to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements for electronic source data, electronic record retention, patient privacy and data security, audit trails and the global Good Clinical Practices (GCP).   The concept behind this standards-based innovation is that data should be entered once for multiple purposes, thus improving quality and patient safety along with streamlining workflow such that a busy clinician can readily participate in research.

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