West Conshohocken, Pa.-based ASTM International and AIIM (Silver Springs, Md.) have published the Best Practices Guide – PDF Healthcare (AIIM/ASTM BP-01-2008).
The document describes a proposed, voluntary, industry-wide reference tool and guideline to describe the features and functionality of PDF for the healthcare industry. It is designed to facilitate a means by which healthcare information is captured, exchanged, preserved and protected so that participants within the healthcare system can use the PDF specification.
According to the companies, the guide was developed to promote and accelerate the adoption of a digital healthcare record model using XML-based standards.
Grand Prairie, Texas-based Rainbow Children's Clinic was the victim of a ransomware attack on its IT systems in August, affecting more than 33,000 patients, according to multiple news media reports this week.