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What is the Standards Portal?

The USHIK Standards portal contains healthcare IT metadata registered from Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) who have been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). This portal can be used to research, review and compare metadata between different SDOs.

What is a Standard?

A standard is a document, established by consensus and approved by a recognized body, that provides, for common and repeated use, rules, guidelines or characteristics for activities or their results, aimed at the achievement of the optimum degree of order in a given context. [ISO/IEC Guide 2:1996, definition 3.2]

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The Accredited Standards Committee X12 (ASC X12)

National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP)

What is a Standard Developing Organization (SDO)?

A Standard Developing Organization (SDO) produces a standard related to specific healthcare domains, such as pharmacy, medical devices, insurance transactions, clinical procedures, and administrative data.

What SDOs are featured on the Standards portal?

The Standards portal contains metadata from SDOs including ASC X12 (Accredited Standards Committee) and NCPDP (National Council for Prescription Drug Programs).

Who is NCPDP?

NCPDP is a not-for-profit, American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited, Standards Development Organization with over 1500 members representing virtually every sector of the pharmacy services industry. Our diverse membership provides leadership and healthcare business solutions through education and standards, created using the consensus building process.

Who is X12?

ASC X12, chartered by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in 1979, develops electronic data interchange (EDI) standards for national and global markets. With more than 315 X12 EDI standards and increasing X12 XML schemas, ASC X12 enhances business processes, reduces costs and expands organizational reach. Members include standards experts from health care, insurance, transportation, finance, government, supply chain and other industries.

What standards are currently available on the Standards portal?

  • X12N 5010 Health Care Data Element Dictionary
  • NCPDP October 2011 Data Dictionary
  • NCPDP April 2014 Data Dictionary
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