ACC/AHA 2013 Methodology for Developing Clinical Data Standards: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Data Standards

AHA – Circulation: November 15, 2013

The use of standardized language is essential for all communication in medicine, with the ultimate goal of improved patient care. This is the driving force for enhanced use of clinical data and standardization of the lexicon of cardiovascular medicine to enhance the use of clinical data. The American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA) Task Force on Clinical Data Standards (Task Force) is at the fulcrum of these efforts, bringing together the 2 largest professional organizations that represent the House of Cardiology.

The mission statements of the ACC (“to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health”) and the AHA (“building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke”) have direct relevance to the work of the Task Force. The harmonization of cardiovascular terminology enables improved clinical communication, optimizes quality assurance, enhances process improvement efforts, facilitates clinical research, and is critical to the development and analysis of registries. Therefore, the work of the Task Force supports, enables, and advances the organizations’ missions, visions, and strategies of key cardiovascular organizations in improving cardiovascular health. Read More