AHRQ, CMS Announce New Children's EHR Format

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and CMS have announced the new format for children's electronic health records.

The new EHR format for children's healthcare includes recommendations for child-specific data elements, such as vaccines and functionality, which can be used as a blueprint by EHR developers to broaden their products to include modules tailored to children. The format provides guidance on structures that permit interoperable exchange of data including data collected in school-based, primary and inpatient care settings. The format is compatible with other EHR standards.

The EHR format was authorized by the 2009 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act and developed by AHRQ and CMS. The next steps include testing by two CHIPRA quality demonstration grantees, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of North Carolina.

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