Continuity of Care Document (CCD)

The Continuity of Care Document (CCD) is an electronic document exchange standard for sharing patient summary information. Summaries include the most commonly needed pertinent information about current and past health status in a form that can be shared by all computer applications, including web browsers, electronic medical record (EMR) and electronic health record (EHR) software systems. 

The Continuity of Care Document is a compromise reached by two standards groups, ASTM International and Health Level 7 (HL7). The specific content and scope of the Continuity of Care Document was determined by another specification, ASTM's Continuity of Care Record (CCR), an XML-based specification for patient summary data.  While some suggest that the Continuity of Care Document standard competes with the Continuity of Care Record standard, HL7 considers the CCD standard an implementation of the CCR standard.

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This was last updated in May 2010

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