CDA stands for “Clinical Document Architecture”. It’s a standard created by HL7 for exchanging clinical information (and related administrative information).

CDA documents are XML documents.

Just about any kind of clinical document you can think of can be represented in CDA format.

CDA is also a framework from which standards for specific kinds of clinical documents can be derived. Consolidated CDA (C-CDA) is an example of such a “CDA-derived standard”.

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