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Clinical Document Specification

One of our evolving projects – the clinical document specification – targets exchanging clinical documents.

It was created to facilitate and expedite the wider electronic availability and transfer of clinical documents between and among hospitals, physicians, Community Care Access Centres and other health care organizations in Ontario.  The standard aligns with other Ontario specifications such as e-Referral and discharge summary, as well as existing pan-Canadian and international document standards and specifications.


Development work was supported by engaging with a wide-array of clinicians, organization and agencies. ConnectingOntario delivery partners and a number of GTA LHINs– have used this standard to inform document requirements for their respective clinical data repositories. These include:

  • Assessments
  • Consult Reports

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  • February 28, 2011

    This specification is now being considered for further development through Canada Health Infoway’s standards collaborative as the basis of a new pan-Canadian standard; final approval is pending.

  • November 09, 2010 - February 16, 2011

    CDS steering committee

  • December 14, 2010 - February 07, 2011

    CDS technical review group

  • January 05, 2011 - January 28, 2011

    Public review

  • November 22, 2010 - November 24, 2010

    CDS Business review group

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