Animal Health Information Standards (Informatics)

Comment on this policy

The AVMA supports standardized health information systems that contribute to interoperability, One Health information exchange, research, commerce, and clinical care transition through the use of stakeholder consensus based standards.  Examples include Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT) and its properly authorized derivatives such as the AAHA Diagnostic Terms, Health Level 7 (HL7), and Logical Observation Identifier Names and Codes (LOINC) and Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM). These informatics standards and others should be integrated for the optimal collection, transmission, analysis and dissemination of information, data, and knowledge for problem solving and decision making in veterinary medicine while maintaining confidentiality.

In addition, the AVMA supports the use of Electronic Health Records and the concept of a standardized "Continuity of Care" (CCD) document format to ensure optimal medical record transfer amongst veterinary professionals.