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The Clinical Documentation Solution Accelerator (CDSA) for the Microsoft® Office system is a Connected Health Platform resource that enables you or your customer to define and create clinically encoded documents. You originate documents with ready-made templates (for example, for a Discharge Summary or a Referral) retrieved using the Microsoft Office System.

CDSA promotes the safety and consistency of clinical documentation by utilizing Microsoft Health Common User Interface software toolkit components. Those components support the embedding of structured, machine-readable clinical information in a human-readable Microsoft Office document shareable across care boundaries. The encoding of clinical information is to industry standard formats (such as the Health Level 7 (HL7) Clinical Document Architecture (CDA)).

This resource demonstrates the direct utilization of external clinical data (perhaps from a cloud platform or Windows® Azure™ source) in a document. Example external data sources include Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT®) encoding services or drug reference data. This enables a powerful editing experience, specific to the healthcare domain but easy to use because it offers familiar, industry leading authoring tools, such as Microsoft® Office Word 2007 or Microsoft® Office Word 2010.

You can use CDSA as the foundation for clinical document workflows (for example, in combination with Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2010). Tailor those to the specific Electronic Medical Record (EMR) or Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems in your own or your customer’s healthcare environment. In addition, CDSA will enable you to create clinical documents suitable for upload to a Personal Health Record (PHR) system (such as Microsoft® HealthVault™) or to other external storage.

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Further Information on the CDSA

The CDSA builds upon the work undertaken by the Microsoft Health Common User Interface programme which provides User Interface Design Guidance and a software controls Toolkit to allow a new generation of safer, more usable and compelling health applications to be quickly and easily created.


Before you can use the CDSA you will need to install a number of prerequisites. These are described in more detail in the Release Notes document on the Downloads page.

Additional Resources

Why not also take a look at the Microsoft Connected Health Platform Resources, which offer prescriptive architecture, solution accelerators, design and deployment guidance that help you build optimized e-Health platforms and solutions?

Last edited May 26 2010 at 3:03 PM  by AndyPayne, version 14
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