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Why Medical Specialty Societies Are Key to Driving Clinical Data Content Standardization -

The growing demand for Electronic Health Record (EHR) data reveals fundamental limitations in downstream usability, such as benchmarking clinical quality, understanding patient populations, and conducting research studies. Medical specialty societies are ideally positioned to overcome these challenges by driving the development and adoption of new data standards for their specialty areas.

Providers generate EHR data. However, the input of data can vary significantly between EHR systems, and even between individual providers in the same department. Therefore, even though EHR data may contain highly valuable and detailed clinical data, accessing this data requires significant time and effort.

This lack of usable and interoperable data can be attributed to limitations and slow adoption of agreed-upon common data elements and current standards for the structured collection of disease- and specialty-specific variables.

Medical specialty societies are often the best candidates to lead specialty-centric data standardization efforts because of their access to deep clinical expertise, physician-centricity, and strong convening power across institutions and geographies. Additionally, as experts in their specialty areas, medical specialty societies are in an ideal position to coordinate the thoughtful addition of new clinical content standards needed for physicians in their specialty, and to ensure these standards are developed. Finally, medical specialty societies can use their clinical knowledge and broad stakeholder relationships to develop the custom messaging needed to bring everyone together in support of this common goal.

Driving clinical documentation standardization is a complicated and resource-intensive process. Medical specialty societies are ideally suited to drive the standardization process. In addition, they also stand to benefit significantly from the downstream use cases that are enabled when clinical data is captured in a more structured and consistent format.

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