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What is the Children's EHR Format?

The Children's Electronic Health Record (EHR) Format was developed to bridge the gap between the functionality present in most EHRs currently available and the functionality that would more optimally support the care of children. Specifically, the Format provides information to EHR system developers and others about critical functionality, data elements, and other requirements that need to be present in an EHR system to address health care needs specific to the care of children, especially those enrolled in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

What Should I Know About HL7 and the Children's EHR Format?

The Children's EHR Format (the Format) contains portions of the Health Level Seven International (HL7®) Child Health Functional Profile Specification, release 1, and modifications thereof, developed by HL7, the copyright of which is owned by HL7. Portions of the Format that contain excerpts from the HL7 Child Health Functional Profile are identified in the Provenance Field. Use of HL7 copyrighted material is governed by copyright law and HL7's policies related to the use of HL7 Intellectual Property (IP). For more information on HL7's IP Policy, go to www.hl7.org Exit Disclaimer

How do I Access the Format?

Access to both the full and abridged Format is available. To access the complete (Full) Format, including the HL7-related content, you must first agree to an online license agreement with HL7. Select the following link to be automatically directed to an HL7 Web page, where you can accept and sign the HL7 license agreement. After signing the license agreement, you will automatically be redirected to the Format.

You can also choose to bypass the HL7 licensing process. If you bypass this process, you will see only details related to the requirements that are not related to HL7 IP. Please note that this method severely abridges the Format. To view the Abridged Format, select the button below.

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