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Consolidated CDA 2.1 August 3, 2020

Instructor: Rick Geimer
  • Member of the CDA Management Group
  • HL7 CDA R2 Certified Specialist
  • Co-Editor, CDA Consolidation and many other Implementation Guides
  • Lead C-CDA on FHIR project
  • Chief Innovation Officer, Lantana Consulting Group

Every ONC-certified EHR must support Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA®). C-CDA is a document standard for communicating patient summaries between providers and patients. It is a foundational component for US Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 3 and Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) interoperability.
This tutorial provides a detailed background on the specification, explains how C-CDA builds on CDA to provide highly structured patient summaries and discusses implementation challenges and choices. The purpose of this tutorial is to prepare the student to work with C-CDAs in the field to improve healthcare interoperability.

Intended Audience

  • Software vendor stakeholders building and supporting C-CDA functionality in HIT products
  • Payers interested in visit summaries
  • Providers implementing and supporting C-CDA based health information exchange and patient engagement interoperability functionality
  • Others interested in capitalizing on the widespread availability of C-CDA capabilities in electronic health records
  • Stakeholders interested in structured document standards development


  • Effectively navigate the specification
  • Identify and explain the key document types and sections
  • List the latest enhancements to the standard and supporting documentation and tools
  • Use CDA templates to streamline implementation
  • Locate C-CDA validation tools


There are two parts to the webinar - Part 1 & 2. The following are uploaded here:

1. Introduction to CCDA - Part 1
2. Introduction to CCDA - Part 2 
3. Slide deck.