NCPDP Announces Name Change for SCO, Reflecting Resurgence of Collaboration Among Healthcare Standards Organizations

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NCPDP, founder and Chair of the Standards Charter Organization (SCO), announced today that the SCO has been renamed Health Standards Collaboration.

NCPDP , founder and Chair of the Standards Charter Organization (SCO), announced today that the SCO has been renamed Health Standards Collaboration. The name change reflects the organization’s work, providing a forum for healthcare standards development organizations to collaborate on interoperability and meaningful improvements in healthcare. It also comes on the heels of a major resurgence of the group marked by renewed participation of its member organizations and increased interest by official observers such as the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

Health Standards Collaboration is composed of the following standards development organizations (SDO):

  •     AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation)
  •     ADA (American Dental Association)    
  •     ASC X12 (Accredited Standards Committee)    
  •     AIIM (Association for Information and Image Management)    
  •     ASTM    
  •     CDISC (Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium)    
  •     HL7 (Health Level Seven International)
  •     ISO/TC215     
  •     NCPDP        
  •     Regenstrief Institute    

SDO-related members include: GS1 US; IHE; The Open Group Healthcare Forum; and WEDI (Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange).

Official Observers of Health Standards Collaboration: ANSI (American National Standards Institute); FHA (Federal Health Architecture); ONC (Office of the National Coordinator); and Social Security Administration (SSA).

The Health Standards Collaboration is developing a new charter and will be relaunching its website in 2016.

Founded in 1977, NCPDP is a not-for-profit, ANSI-accredited, Standards Development Organization with approximately 1,500 members representing virtually every sector of the pharmacy services industry. Our diverse membership provides leadership and healthcare business solutions through education and standards, created using the consensus building process. NCPDP has been named in federal legislation, including HIPAA, MMA, and HITECH. NCPDP members have created standards such as the Telecommunication Standard and Batch Standard, the SCRIPT Standard for ePrescribing, the Manufacturers Rebate Standard and more to improve communication within the pharmacy industry. Our data products include dataQ®, a robust database of information on more than 76,000 pharmacies, and HCIdea®, an innovative prescriber database that provides continually updated information on more than two million prescribers. NCPDP's RxReconn® is a legislative tracking product for real-time monitoring of pharmacy-related state and national legislative and regulatory activity. For more information about NCPDP Standards, Data Services, Products, Educational Programs and Work Group meetings, go online at or call (480) 477-1000.


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