[...]clinical data standards strive to define and standardize data relevant to clinical topics in cardiology, with the primary goal of assisting data collection by providing a platform of data elements and definitions applicable to various conditions. The increasing national focus on adoption of certified electronic health records along with financial incentives for providers to demonstrate "meaningful use" of those electronic health records to improve healthcare quality render even more imperative and urgent the need for such definitions and standards. [...]the ACCF and AHA have undertaken to define and disseminate clinical data standards: sets of standardized data elements and corresponding definitions to collect data relevant to cardiovascular conditions.
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