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This specification covers the format and content of digitally recorded voice data files and their identifying data. The object is to enable transfer between independent digital dictation systems and workstations, regardless of manufacturer and protocols for ensuring reliability. This specification does not cover the transmission of voice data files and their identifying data within digital dictation systems and workstations or their transcription into text files.
Formerly under the jurisdiction of Committee E31 on Healthcare Informatics, this specificaton was withdrawn in 2010 in accordance with section 10.5.3.1 of the Regulations Governing ASTM Technical Committees, which requires that standards shall be updated by the end of the eighth year since the last approval date.
1.1 This specification covers the format and content of digitally recorded voice data files and their identifying data. The object is to enable transfer between independent digital dictation systems and workstations, regardless of manufacturer and protocols for ensuring reliability. This specification does not cover the transmission of voice data files and their identifying data within digital dictation systems and workstations or their transcription into text files.
1.2 This specification may be applied to either the transmission of data over medium- to high-speed data communication networks or to the transmission of data by recording on, and later playing back from, magnetic or optical digital storage media. It defines the blocked stream of data, called a message, which is transmitted over a network connection or recorded on a storage medium. It does not define the hardware or software network protocols or storage media formats needed for message transmission (for example, see ISO 8072-1986) or the formats used to store data internally by the sender or receiver.
1.3 Since some standardization in storage media format and network protocols would help to promote the exchange of data between computer systems with diverse hardware and software, it is suggested that readily available universal media and formats be used for data exchange when possible.
1.4 Any considerations regarding the security of the digital dictation file or its components as defined herein are outside the scope of this specification. Such measures as encryption of files (either at rest or in transit), authentication of users or originators, assignment and control of file access permissions, and backup or recovery of files which may be necessary to meet institutional policies or governmental regulations are not addressed in this specification. Guidance for security of dictated health records can be found in Guide E 1902.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
E1762 Guide for Electronic Authentication of Health Care Information
E1902 Guide for Management for the Confidentiality and Security of Dictation, Transcription, and Transcribed Health Records
E1985 Guide for User Authentication and Authorization
E2084 Specification for Authentication of Healthcare Information Using Digital Signatures
ANSI StandardsX3.4-1986 Coded Character Sets--American National Standard Code for Information Exchange (7 bit ASCII)
ISO StandardISO8072-1986 Network Standards
Other StandardsITU G7.11
ASTM E2185-01, Standard Specification for Transferring Digital Voice Data Between Independent Digital Dictation Systems and Workstations (Withdrawn 2010), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2001, www.astm.orgBack to Top