Last week, the Transitions of Care (TOC) Initiative released the Clinical Information Model (CIM) for consensus feedback. The TOC CIM is intended to serve as a logical overlay and neutral representation of the data needed to support care transitions. The value proposition inherent in the CIM is that it provides a view for clinicians into the type of data needed to support each care transition, and gives implementers and vendors an idea of how to store and exchange that data. The TOC CIM is intended to be a logical view of the common data model that underlies all care transition information. In practice, it will manifest itself as physical data within an organization engaged in transitions of care.
While the TOC CIM will continue to be refined, the general consensus of the Clinical Information Model & Vocabulary WG is that the TOC CIM specification (Version 1.5) is correct in its representation of the requirements for each care transition, and aligns to the requirements outlined in the S&I Framework Transitions of Care Use Case. An initial formal consensus vote opened on Thursday, July 28, 2011 to finalize this decision. Comments and questions on this consensus are being discussed until August 11, 2011 during an open comment period surrounding this consensus. While only committed members of the Clinical Information Model & Vocabulary WG can register a vote during the consensus process, all members of the S&I Framework are encouraged to provide feedback on the CIM. To learn more about the consensus process, please visit the TOC CIM Consensus page on the S&I Framework wiki.