PDF Healthcare, through the use of the PDF format, provides an additional cost effective, easy to implement and secure means for the exchange and communication of personalized patient and provider information
Silver Spring, MD, and West Conshohocken, PA (Vocus) February 25, 2008
AIIM , the international authority on Enterprise Content Management, and ASTM International, one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world, announce the publication of the Best Practices Guide – PDF Healthcare (AIIM/ASTM BP-01-2008).
This document describes a proposed, voluntary, industry-wide reference tool and guideline to describe the features and functionality of the Portable Document Format (PDF) for the healthcare industry. It is designed to facilitate a means by which healthcare information is captured, exchanged, preserved, and protected so that participants within the healthcare system can use the well-known and trusted PDF specification as the electronic container of the information.
This guide was developed to promote and accelerate the adoption of a digital healthcare record model using XML-based standards. With the introduction of complex healthcare industry legal and regulatory requirements that directly impact the patient and healthcare provider, the adoption of the PDF Healthcare Best Practices Guide will be driven by the need for usability, portability, simplicity and availability of healthcare information.
"Using PDF in healthcare will greatly improve the communications between patients and their providers and all the members of the healthcare chain as well as provide greater control of the patient information," said John Mancini, President, AIIM. "This will ensure that the patient is an active participant in the exchange of critical healthcare information."
"The new best practices guide can help healthcare providers reduce the unnecessary errors created in the transmission of paper-based health records, by advocating and defining an electronic solution," said Melonie Warfel, Director, WW Standards and Life Sciences at Adobe Systems. "The use of PDF provides users with a familiar electronic environment, and helps eliminate the need for specialized technology or proprietary readers/viewers giving consumers access to their healthcare information at any time, anywhere and on any device."
"PDF Healthcare, through the use of the PDF format, provides an additional cost effective, easy to implement and secure means for the exchange and communication of personalized patient and provider information," said Omid Moghadam, Director, Personal Health Record Programs, Intel.
Future work being conducted by the voluntary PDF Healthcare Working Group is the development of two companion documents to the Best Practices Guide - an Implementation and Demonstration Guide. These guides will provide use cases and implementation examples of PDF for healthcare documents and records. The Best Practices Guide will be available on the AIIM and ASTM web sites for download. The Implementation and Demonstration Guides are being developed by AIIM and will be available for download from the AIIM website. For additional information or to become involved with the work of the Working Group, please contact Ebony Dowtin, AIIM Standards Program Coordinator at edowtin @ aiim.org.
Contributors to the PDF Healthcare Best Practices Guide include the American Academy of Pediatrics, Adobe Systems, Inc., American Academy of Family Physicians, CapMed, Dak Systems Consulting, eClinicalWorks, Generator LLC, Good Health Network, Intel Corporation, Massachusetts Medical Society, NextGen, Northrup-Grumman, Schering-Plough, Voice of the Physician, and the ASTM E31 Healthcare Informatics Committee. Organizations that supported the Best Practices Guide work include Cerner Corporation, DrFirst, Epocrates, Harvard University, MedCommons, MinuteClinic, MEDecisions, Northern Illinois Physicians for Connectivity, Point and Click Solutions, and SureScripts.
About AIIM (http://www.aiim.org)
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ASTM International is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world-a trusted source for technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services. Known for their high technical quality and market relevancy, ASTM International standards have an important role in the information infrastructure that guides design, manufacturing and trade in the global economy. ASTM's involvement in the development of the Best Practices Guide was through its Technical Committee E31 on Healthcare Informatics develops international standards related to the architecture, content, storage, security, confidentiality, functionality, and communication of information used within healthcare and healthcare decision making, including patient-specific information and knowledge.
For more information contact:
bfanning @ aiim.org
dsmith @ astm.org
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