Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) is a data standards group focused on the interchange of clinical information within the pharmaceutical market. Specifically, CDISC is very aligned with the needs of clinical trial data exchange as it relates to clinical research workflow.
CDISC is related-yet-separate from HL7 proper. While CDISC has mapped their data model (ODM) onto HL7’s reference information model (RIM), CDISC also stays neutral and makes mention of (or even provides mappings to) other standards such as ISO, CEN, and other approaches from international organizations.
As mentioned in their mission statement, this scope can be expanded to a full “motherhood and apple pie” version like so: The mission of CDISC is to develop and support global, platform-independent data standards that enable information system interoperability to improve medical research and related areas of healthcare. This is honestly a bit broad for the scope that can realistically be controlled by CDISC members.
Ultimately, unless you are involved with clinical trials or pharma research, CDISC standards do not impact the “typical HL7 user.”
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