PDF is certainly a broad universe, but the Healthcare industry has some specific needs, especially in regards to data exchange.
PDF Healthcare, is a relatively new, Best Practices guide for using PDF in the Healthcare industry.
The PDF Healthcare guidance was authored by AIIM, the Association for Information and Image Management.
AIIM is a non-profit industry group focused on helping users to understand the challenges associated with managing documents, content, records, and business processes.
AIIM offers a number of very useful PDF Healthcare Resources on their site including:
- PDF Healthcare Implementation Guide
- Sample Files, including XML-based PDF health data interchange forms
- Presentations and Testimonials
. . . and many others.
Read on to learn about the many different resources available on the AIIM PDF Healthcare site.
Getting Started FAQ
One of the first places to get started with PDF Healthcare is with AIIM’s Frequently Asked Questions page.
Here you’ll find all the basic information to get you started.
PDF Healthcare Implementation Guide
This 63-page guide is a great resource!
Here, you’ll learn gain a useful background on PDF and how the format handles images, vector drawings, fonts, attachments, comments and annotations and multimedia. You’ll also learn about the two types of from technology supported in Acrobat (Acroforms and XML-based forms) and when to use each.
There are examples of clinical use cases and other practical information, too.
There is quite a bit of space devoted to scripting XML-based forms for working with XML datastreams.
The PDF Healthcare Implementation Guide references sample files which are available. See below.
Downloadable sample files are available in AIIM’s PDF Healthcare Implementation Guide Examples section.
Over sixty sample files are available! There are samples of scanned data, dictation, DICOM imagery, multimedia elements as well as XML-based forms which can dynamically adjust to CCR data.
To save some time, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page to download a single ZIP ARCHIVE of all of the sample files.
Presentations and Testimonials
AIIM offers a number of presentation (PDF and PPT formats) on PDF Healthcare. I’ve found these presentations to be very helpful when I am presenting PDF Healthcare to the industry.
You can find the on the main PDF Healthcare Page.
There is a very nice PDF Healthcare Community Forum available on Information Zen. Here, you can pose questions to other forum members and participate in an active discussion.