HL7--more than a communications standard.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Health Level Seven (HL7) has evolved from a small, ad-hoc standards developer organisation focused on creating a standard for the interchange of data primarily in the hospital setting to an accredited American National Standard Organisation with wide-spread international participation. The scope of HL7 has expanded to include standards for the interchange of clinical data in all settings, a reference information model, data types, decision support and clinical guidelines, clinical documents and clinical templates, clinical context objects, terminology, security, XML, and the electronic health record. HL7 has become a gathering place for a number of application-oriented groups making use of the organisational freedom of HL7, the gathering of domain experts, and the use of common and sharable solutions to provide health data standards for a variety of purposes. This paper discusses the factors that lead to these diverse activities.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hammond, WE

Published Date

  • 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 96 /

Start / End Page

  • 266 - 271

PubMed ID

  • 15061555

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0926-9630


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands