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What is a CCR?

The Continuity of Care Record (CCR) was developed in order to facilitate the transfer of health information among health care providers when patients transition from one health care setting to the next. The development of the CCR standard was led by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), an international standards development organization. The CCR is an organized, portable, XML-based clinical summary of the patient's health care status. The CCR becomes useful in cases of a transfer of care between two practitioners such as would occur when one physician refers a patient to another. It contains information such as the advance directives, care documentation, care plan recommendation, patient insurance information and patient identifying data. The CCR is one of two document standards created to improve health record interoperability. A number of the leading Electronic Health Record vendors now support the creation of a CCR summary.

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