Main Features

CCC System’s (V 2.5 – updated June, 2012) is free empirically developed system consisting of: a) standardized coded Nursing Terminology and  b) Information Model designed for documenting the ‘essence of care’ in the electronic health record (EHR) systems. It is a concept-oriented terminology described as follows:

  • Free Standardized Nursing Terminology with Coded Concepts structured for the electronic storage, processing, retrieval & analyses of clinical nursing practice data.
  • Information Model is also designed for documentation of nursing plans of care (POCs) following six steps of Nursing Process representing Professional Nursing Practice (ANA, 2015).
  • Framework electronically links Diagnoses, to Interventions, to Outcomes to each other and to other health-related terminologies: SNOMED CT, LOINC, ICNP, etc.

Fast Facts

Features & Characteristics of the CCC System, Version 2.5 include:

  • Requires No Licensing Fee
  • Consists of Atomic Level-Concepts /Data Elements
  • Designed as Open Architecture
  • Designed for Use in Electronic Health Record (EHR) & Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) Systems.
  • Tested & Applicable in ALL Healthcare Settings.
  • Conforms to Cimimo’s “Desiderata” Criteria for a Standardized Vocabulary for HITs.
  • Mapped (updated) to SNOMED CT, LOINC, & ICNP.
  • Free mapping of CCC System to SNOMED CT & LOINC & 3MMM. Visit the contact page to learn how to access these password protected files. 

Electronic Healthcare Standards

CCC System also has been formally accepted by the recognized electronic healthcare standards organizations:

  • Formally ‘Recognized’ in 1991, reaffirmed in 1998, & 2006 by the ANA as a nursing terminology/classification critical for representing clinical nursing practice in computer-based clinical information systems (CISs).
  • Recognized in October 2006 as the 1st Nursing Terminology named by Secretary Leavitt, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), & in 2007 as an interoperable healthcare standard within the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) Interoperability Specification for Electronic Healthcare Records (EHRs), Bio-surveillance and Consumer Empowerment as presented to the meeting of the American Health Information Community (AHIC), a Federal Advisory Data Standards Organization (SDO) to the Office of the National Coordinator for Healthcare Information Technology (ONC).
  • Registered as HL7 Languages / Terminologies promoting interoperability
  • Integrated in Metathesaurus of Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM).
  • Integrated in and Mapped to SNOMED CT and previously SNOMED RT.
  • Integrated the CCC Nursing Diagnoses & Outcomes in Clinical LOINC (Logical Observations, Identifiers, Names, and Codes).
  • Indexed in CINAHL (Cumulative Index for Nursing and Allied Health Literature).
  • Listed in American National Informatics Standards Technical Board (HITSB) of Inventory of Healthcare Standards Library (2000).
  • Conforms to criteria for “Integration of a Reference Terminology Model for Nurses (ISO-18104) Standard” approved by International Standards organization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 215 Working Group 3- Concept Representation, in October, 2003 in Oslo, Norway.
  • Adapted by ABC Codes for Complimentary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) selected CCC of Nursing Interventions for billing coded concepts. (Initial version 1996).
  • Formed the basis for the original and Mapped to “International Classification of Nursing Practice’ (ICNP) developed by International Council of Nurses (ICN). (1992).
  • Partnered (SabaCare Inc.) with the International Council of Nurses (ICN) to harmonize the International Classification of Nursing Practice (ICNP) & Clinical Care Classification (CCC) System.
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