The Structured Data Capture (SDC) project focused on the identification, testing, and validation of standards necessary to enable an electronic health record (EHR) system to retrieve, display, and fill a structured form or template, as well as store the completed form on or submit it to an external system and/or repository.
This project began in 2013 and ended in 2016.
The goal of this project was to facilitate the reuse of structured data captured within EHRs for other purposes, such as:
- Clinical research
- Patient safety event reporting and adverse event reporting
- Public health reporting
- Determination of coverage
The SDC project identified:
- Standards to represent the metadata required to describe common data elements (CDEs) that are used to fill specified forms and the structure of the forms that contain the CDEs, and
- Health information technology (IT) standards that EHR systems can use to interact with the structured forms and the standard to enable the forms to be auto-populated and/or pre-populated with data existing in the patient record.