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Interagency Committee for Medical Records (ICMR) Automation of Medical Standard Form 503

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General Services Administration.


Guideline on automating medical standard forms.


The Interagency Committee on Medical Records (ICMR) is aware of numerous activities using computer-generated medical forms, many of which are not mirror-like images of the genuine paper Standard/Optional Form. With GSA's approval the ICMR eliminated the requirement that every electronic version of a medical Standard/Optional form be reviewed and granted an exception. The committee proposes to set required fields standards and that activities developing computer-generated versions adhere to the required fields but not necessarily to the image. The ICMR plans to review medical Standard/Optional forms which are commonly used and/or commonly computer-generated. We will identify those fields which are required, those (if any) which are optional, and the required format (if necessary). Activities may not add or delete data elements that would change the meaning of the form. This would require written approval from the ICMR. Using the process by which overprints Start Printed Page 10730are approved for paper Standard/Optional forms, activities may add other data entry elements to those required by the committee. With this decision, activities at the local or headquarters level should be able to develop electronic versions which meet the committee's requirements. This guideline controls the “image” or required fields but not the actual data entered into the field.


With GSA's approval, the Interagency Committee of Medical Records (ICMR) eliminated the requirement that every electronic version of a medical Standard/Optional form be reviewed and granted an exception. The following fields must appear on the electronic version of the following form:

Electronic Elements for SF 503

Autopsy Protocol (Title)Top of form.
Standard Form 503 (Rev. 7/2000) (Form ID)Bottom right corner of form.
Data Entry Fields:
Date DiedHour Died
If no specific placement, data element may be in any order.
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CDR Katherine Ciacco Palatianos, Indian Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers lane, Room 6A-55, Rockville, MD 20857 or e-mail at

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Effective March 8, 2002.

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Dated: February 12, 2002.

Katherine Ciacco Palatianos,

Chairperson, Interagency Committee on Medical Records.

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[FR Doc. 02-5546 Filed 3-7-02; 8:45 am]