Section 1b: EHR - Electronic Health Records
HL7 EHR Child Health Functional Profile (CHFP), Release 1
The HL7 Child Health Functional Profile for EHR Systems (Child Health Profile) is designed to assist children's healthcare providers and associated IT vendors to create functionality that ensures safe and reliable care of children through the effective use of information technology. Specifically, the Child Health Profile complements the HL7 EHR System Functional Model (EHR-S FM) by describing additional EHR system functionality that is necessary to care for a child age 0-18 who receives routine wellness and preventive, acute illness, or acute trauma care that takes place in the newborn nursery; the primary care provider's office; the emergency department or urgent care clinic; and/or the inpatient hospital setting.
The Child Health Profile also supports ambulatory and inpatient hospital care for common chronic pediatric diseases such as asthma, sickle cell disease and diabetes, as well as those with social situations such as foster care, divided homes and state custody.
HL7 EHR Child Health Functional Profile (CHFP), Release 1 may also go by the following names or acronyms:
- Pediatric health providers
- EHR system vendors
- Supports treatment processes and efficiencies for children’s health and caregiving
- The Child Health Profile functions are included in the child health ambulatory EHR certification criteria offered by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT); 39 ambulatory EMR vendors have met these requirements through CCHIT
- The Child Health Profile is currently being evaluated for use in a national project through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to develop a Model EMR Format for Children; There are plans to reference 100% of the Child Health Profile functions in the proposed model format.
The Child Health Profile is a project of the HL7 Child Health Work Group. It conforms to the HL7 EHR-S FM, and it is aimed at developing an HL7 Normative Functional Profile for EHR systems that are used to record, monitor and care for children. This first iteration provides essential general pediatric functions and specific conformance criteria that are important to include in any system through which a child might receive primary care in the United States in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The project received strong support from the Alliance for Pediatric Quality, represented by the American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Board of Pediatrics, the Child Health Corporation of America and the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions.
The Child Health Profile was the first of several functional profiles created by HL7 and can be downloaded from the HL7 website (www.HL7.org).
RESPONSIBLE WORK GROUP
- Functional Profile