First Data Standard Published For Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology

On July 14, the ACC and the American Heart Association (AHA) published the first extensive data dictionary for the outpatient domain of pediatric and congenital cardiology, the 2017 AHA/ACC Key Data Elements and Definitions for Ambulatory Electronic Health Records in Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology, in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Due to a wide range of disease processes across a small set of patients in pediatric and congenital heart disease, the data dictionary is crucial to identify best practices, develop evidence-based guidelines and determine statistical significance in patient populations. The committee views this plan as a first step toward achieving electronic health records data exchange for the continuity of clinical care of the pediatric and congenital heart disease patient. Read more on