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What is HL7?

Just as people from different countries with completely different native tongues are only able to communicate with each other if they can speak a common language, computer applications can only share information if they communicate with a common protocol.  For people or computers to be able to share clinical data with one another, they must both: A group of healthcare computer systems users started developing the HL7 protocol in 1987 to create a common "language" that allows healthcare applications to share clinical data with each another. Over time the HL7 interoperability protocol became a nationally, internationally and globally accepted and accredited standard.

The term "Health Level 7" ("HL7") is used both for the organisations involved in developing and supporting the healthcare standards as well as for the Version 2.x and Version 3 Standards themselves and other standards developed by the HL7 local organisations in over 30 countries.  HL7 creates international standards for inter-system and inter-organisation messaging, for decision support, clinical text document mark-up, user interface integration as well as a health data model and a message development methodology.
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NEW: Meaningful Use and Beyond: A Guide for IT Staff in Health Care - Are you ready to take your IT skills to the healthcare industry?  This concise book explains how the US healthcare system is implementing Electronic Health Records ("EHRs") and other IT systems to comply with the US government’s Meaningful Use requirements.  A tremendous opportunity for tens of thousands of IT professionals, the Meaningful Use program requires a complete makeover of archaic paper records systems, cumbersome workflows and other outdated practices.  This book describes in detail how hospitals and doctors’ offices differ from other organizations that use IT and explains how to bridge the gap between clinicians and IT staff.

Electronic Health Records For Dummies - a helpful, plain-English guide for doctors, nurses and healthcare administrators to understand, implement and use an Electronic Health Record system.

Health Care Information Systems: A Practical Approach for Health Care Management - the Best Selling textbook in the field.  Mark Leavitt, MD, PhD, CCHIT Chairman said "With health care information technology now in the national policy spotlight, this book should be required reading for every health care administrator and student.


The HL7 CDA Book - by eminent expert Keith Boone provides clear and easy-to-use CDA implementation guidance with numerous examples.  The reader will learn not only how to implement the CDA standard, but also to understand its idioms and to "speak" the CDA language.

Introduction to HL7 V2.x Messaging (2nd Edition) - the most popular HL7 V2.x Messaging introductory Textbook.  Mike Henderson is widely recognized as a most experienced HL7 V2.x teacher and trainer.  He regularly teaches at the HL7 Education Summits in the US and co-authors the HL7 V2.x Analyst Certification exams.

HL7 V2.x Messaging Study Guide - the Study Guide to the above Textbook.  Both books are considered mandatory reading and study for candidates sitting the HL7 International V2.x Analyst Certification exam.

Verification Results for IT Standards: HL7 - a text focussing on the formal verification of standards in healthcare.

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Principles of Health Interoperability HL7 and SNOMED - Healthcare depends on the two leading standards HL7 and SNOMED CT for functional and semantic interoperability.  Tim is one of the most experienced teachers of both HL7 V3 and SNOMED CT.

International Standards Online: ISO, ANSI, IEC, IEEE, CSA, BSI, DIN, etc. - easily and instantly download these popular eHealth Standards!

Managing Health Care Information Systems: A Practical Approach for Health Care Executives - the title says it all!

E-Health Care Information Systems: An Introduction for Students and Professionals - excellent

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HL7 News

Health Level Seven Announces New Board Members, Fellows and Volunteer of the Year Awards
Tuesday, 20th September 2016
Health Level Seven® (HL7®) International, the global authority on interoperability of health information technology with members in 55 countries, today announced election results for its Board of Directors at the 30th Annual Plenary and Working Group Meeting in Baltimore, MD.  The 2016 HL7 Fellows and the 2016 recipients of the W.  Edward Hammond, PhD, Volunteer of the Year Awards were also recognized at the event.

HL7 and OASIS Announce Joint Publication of Implementation Guide to Advance Emergency and Disaster Response
Monday, 19th September 2016
Ann Arbor, MI, USA and Burlington, MA, USA – September 20, 2016 – Health Level Seven® International (HL7®) and OASIS, as a result of their cooperation agreement, today announced that they have published a joint implementation guide to bridge the electronic gap between emergency response and hospital communities, improving emergency patient coordination and ER readiness.  The guide, HL7 Version 2.7.1 Implementation Guide: Message Transformations with OASIS Tracking of Emergency Patients (TEP), Release 1 is expected to improve accuracy and timeliness of data exchange between the emergency response community and hospitals, and between care facilities in everyday and disaster situations.  It will also eliminate the need to re-enter or duplicate patient information for incoming emergency patients.

HL7 Announces C-CDA® Rendering Tool Challenge Winners
Sunday, 11th September 2016
Health Level Seven® International (HL7®), the global authority for interoperability in healthcare information technology with members in 55 countries, today announced the winners of the HL7 Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA®) Rendering Tool Challenge.  The first place winner of the HL7 C-CDA Rendering Tool Challenge is Bryn Lewis, PhD, a principal software development consultant at Intelsoft in Melbourne, Australia.

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