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COV ITRM Glossary


External Standard


(Context: Commonwealth Data Management Program)

A standard defined and maintained by a Standards Development Organization to improve the ability to share electronic data and ensure semantic interoperability. Generally may apply to services, documents, vocabularies (i.e., reference terminologies) and/or messages. Includes extending (e.g., adding data elements or codes to) an existing external standard to accommodate requirements specific to the Commonwealth.

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