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The American Society for Testing and Materials Continuity of Care Record (ASTM-CCR) is a standard for health data and information exchange.
It is an open-source, royalty-free, W3C compliant standard with an XML scheme designed to capture and exchange patients' personal health information. The ASTM-CCR standard includes continuous care to help prevent lapses in patient care and provide treating physicians and other caregivers with access to ample electronic information in a reasonable and efficient amount of time.
The ASTM-CCR is a grass-roots effort that was developed by a group of physicians, nurses, technologists and laypersons with the express purpose of using health information technology (HIT) in the most constructive and effective manner possible. The ultimate outcome is for electronic health information to be easily accessed and shared by health care providers who have common patients, thus improving patient care.
The work is done by a team called the E31 Healthcare Informatics Technical Committee, which is made up of volunteers who are dedicated to IT health standards relative to content, security, storage, functionality, architecture and the communication of information used in the health care arena. The ASTM-CCR also pertains to decision-making regarding patient-specific information as well as patient knowledge. As with most committees, several subcommittees exist.