HL7 – Health Level Seven International


Mark D. McDougall

About the Institutional Member

Founded in 1987, Health Level Seven International (HL7) is a not-for-profit standards developing organization (SDO), founding member of the JIC for Global Health Informatics Standardization dedicated to providing a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information that supports clinical practice and the management, delivery and evaluation of health services. HL7 International provides standards for interoperability that improve care delivery, optimize workflow, reduce ambiguity and enhance knowledge transfer among all of our stakeholders, including healthcare providers, government agencies, the vendor community, fellow SDOs and patients. HL7 International and its 39 affiliates with 4,000+ members from 55 countries represent approximately 2000 organizational members from eHealth users and the industry (more than 90% of the IT vendors serving healthcare). The HL7 International private foundation is non-profit organization established in Brussels to support the creation of health information technology standards that are widely and easily used enabling interoperability in healthcare addressing the needs of the enlarged Europe. The HL7 International Foundation working closely with HL7 Affiliates currently established in European Member states, Associated/EFTA countries, and potential accession candidates (Germany, Austria, UK, France, Netherlands, Luxemburg, Finland, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Greece, Romania, Norway, Switzerland, Croatia, Turkey, Bosnia & Herzegovina) aims: (a) to promote and encourage the use of HL7 frameworks and protocol specifications that serve the needs of the European community by health systems and service providers; (b) to seek formal accreditation for these HL7 protocol specifications where necessary; and (d) to enable high quality, cost-effective use of information systems in the widest variety of health and healthcare related environments. In this spirit, HL7 International participates in the eHealthStakeholders Group, the SemanticHealthnet NoE (www.semantichealthnet.eu), the eHealth Governance Initiative (www.ehgi.eu), while it collaborates closely with the epSOS Largescale pilot (www.epsos.eu).

HL7 is committed to working closely with EFMI and other institutional members in promoting healthcare information technology & standards, eSkills development, professional education and certification.

For further information on the institutional member please visit their website: HL7 Web Portal