The group supports the HL7 mission through development of structured document standards for each of the product families where appropriate. Structured Documents is responsible for the implementation guide methodology for the Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) Standard.
Work Products and Contributions to HL7 Processes
The Work Group will produce a comprehensive architecture to facilitate exchange and processing of electronic healthcare documents. The Work Group will support HL7 through education in the development, evolution, and use of structured document specifications. The specifications created by this committee will follow the accepted HL7 development processes. The Work Group will support specifications such as CDA and HL7 FHIR delivering structured document capabilities.
Specific Work Product Ownership includes:
- CDA (R1, R2, R2.1)
- FHIR Composition, DocumentReference, DocumentManifest resources
- Version 2 Chapter 9 Medical Records
- A number of derived specifications (implementation guides)
- CDA Implementation Guide Quality Criteria
Formal Relationships with Other HL7 Groups
The Work Group will collaborate with V3 RIM class stewards Vocabulary to resolve issues arising from requirements for V3 document specifications. This will include, but not be limited to, participation in RIM harmonization and development of vocabulary domain tables.
The work group will collaborate with the FHIR Management Group and the FHIR Infrastructure work group to resolve FHIR specification issues arising from requirements for document specifications. This will include overseeing development of Document related FHIR resources.
The Work Group will collaborate with the V2 Management Group and the V2 methodology group to resolve V2 Chapter 9 issues arising from requirements for medical record document exchange or changes in infrastructure message requirements.
The Work Group will collaborate with the CDA Management Group to resolve CDA issues arising from Implementation Guide (IG) quality or requirements that involve further investigation.
Orders and Observations, Patient Care, and other Work Groups define the clinical content used in the specifications created by the Structured Document Work Group. The Structured Document Work Group will collaborate with these groups to establish a consistent approach to information exchange.
The work group will collaborate with Modeling and Methodology and Vocabulary work groups to document and formalize a CDA Methodology.
The work group will collaborate with the Cross-Group Projects on cross-cutting projects.
Formal Relationship with Groups Outside of HL7
Informal Relationship with Groups Outside of HL7
The Structured Document Work Group will collaborate with groups developing standards, implementation guides or other resources that rely upon the materials developed by the Structured Documents Work Group.