Health Level Seven® International

27th Annual Plenary & Working Group Meeting
Cambridge, MA September 22-27, 2013



Hotel Information

Meeting Information



Sponsorship Opportunities

Special thanks to our sponsors

Key Information


HL7 International, the leading authority for global healthcare IT standards, 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. In all of our processes we exhibit timeliness, scientific rigor and technical expertise without compromising transparency, accountability, practicality, or our willingness to put the needs of our stakeholders first.

What is a Working Group Meeting?

HL7 International Working Group Meetings are held three times per year at varying locations. These Working Group Meetings serve two important purposes:

  1. They give the HL7 International work groups a chance to meet face-to-face to work on the standards as well as the opportunity to network with industry leaders from around the world
  2. They provide an invaluable educational resource for the healthcare IT community.

Standards Development

HL7 International has more than 40 work groups dedicated to specialized areas of interest such as Orders and Observations and Electronic Health Records. These work groups are directly responsible for the content of the standards and spend much of their time at the Working Group Meetings hard at work on standards development. Attending a Working Group Meeting can be a great way to get a handle on what is going on in a particular area, and everyone attending an HL7 International Working Group Meeting is invited to attend any of the Working Group Meetings.

Educational Sessions

This Working Group Meeting will offer numerous educational opportunities. Sessions will cover a full range of HL7-specific topics such as Version 2.x Implementation, Version 3, and the Clinical Document Architecture (CDA®), among others. Educational sessions also branch out to cover general interest industry topics such as Meaningful Use in the US, Electronic Health Records, and Vocabulary Terminology.

Schedule Overview

The Plenary Meeting will be held on Monday 8:30 am – 12:30 pm; General Sessions are Tuesday – Thursday, 8:00 – 8:45 am; Tutorials are held Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Work Groups meet Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.


Onsite registration will be open Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

The complete Plenary & WGM Schedule is available in the Meeting Brochure.

"Early Bird" Rate Deadline

Early Bird registration, including payment, is required by Friday, August 30, 2013 to receive the discounted rates. Otherwise the full fee structure will apply. Consult the registration form for a schedule of meeting fees.

To Register

Please complete the registration form.

You have several payment options:

  • If paying by credit card, you may submit your registration electronically;
  • You can fill out the form in the brochure and fax it along with your credit card information to +1 (734) 677-6622;
  • Or, you can fill out the form in the brochure and mail it along with your credit card information, or check payable to Health Level Seven International in U.S. funds.

The mailing address for payments is:

Health Level Seven International
3300 Washtenaw Ave., Suite 227
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Advance registrations MUST include payment. No balance dues will be accepted and registrations received without payment will not be processed until the time that payment is received. Registrations received with payment by August 30, 2013 will receive the early bird discount. All other registrations where payment is received after August 30, 2013 will be required to pay the full registration fee.

Advance registrations will be accepted until September 9, 2013. After September 9, 2013, registrations can only be made on-site at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Cambridge, MA. All registrations require payment in full at the time of registration.

Student Membership / Student Meeting Registration

Students who are currently enrolled full-time in an accredited educational institution in either an undergraduate or masters program and who are NOT professionally employed are eligible for a student membership and/or student meeting registration fees. To receive this discount, student ID and expected date of graduation must be provided (subject to verification).

NOTE: Individual and organizational members do not qualify for the Student pricing for meetings. This policy is applicable regardless of whether the member is a full-time student.

Cancellation Policy

Prepaid registrants who cancel prior to August 30, 2013 will receive a full refund minus a $50 processing fee. After August 30, 2013, no refunds will be made.

Tutorial Cancellation

The tutorial schedule is subject to change. A tutorial may be cancelled by August 30, 2013 if expected registration numbers are not met. If a tutorial is cancelled, pre-registrants will be notified via e-mail. The registrant can select another tutorial at that time, or a full refund of the tutorial fee will be made. However, registration fees will not be refunded.


The dress code is casual for all HL7 International functions. Layered clothing is advised as room temperatures may vary.


Continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks and lunches are included in the meeting registration fee and will be provided for all registered attendees Monday through Friday. Vegetarian and diabetic meals are available upon request. you must register for each day's lunch on your registration form in order to receive lunch tickets.

HL7 International Networking Reception

There will be a networking reception on Wednesday from 5:15pm to 7:00pm in the Presidents Ballroom.  

Please Book Your Room at the HL7 International Meeting Hotel

HL7 International urges all meeting attendees to secure their hotel reservations at the HL7 International Working Group Meeting Host Hotel. The hotel has been contracted to provide the best rate and service to our HL7 International meeting attendees, including the vast number of meeting rooms that HL7 International uses. In order to secure the required meeting space, HL7 International has a contractual obligation to fill its sleeping room block. If you make reservations at a different hotel, HL7 International risks falling short on its obligation, which translates to HL7 International paying additional costs (penalties) to the hotel. Therefore, to help avoid penalties, we urge you to book your hotel room at our host hotel. Thank you!


HL7 International's 27th Annual Plenary and Working Group Meeting will be held at:

Hyatt Regency Cambridge
575 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA 02139-4896
Phone direct: +1 (617) 492-1234 or +1 (800) 233-1234
Fax: +1 (617) 491-6906
Maps & Directions

SOLD OUT!  The Hyatt Regency Cambridge is sold out. 



Ground Transportation

Taxi fare from the Logan International Airport to the hotel is approximately $35. The special discounted group rate for overnight self-parking at the hotel is $20 per night with in and out privileges. There is an airport subway that makes seven stops along the way, and drops you 1.5 miles from hotel. There is an above ground BU Central Green Line (seven stops), and an Underground Harvard Square or Kendall Square Red Line Subway that costs $2.50. Please visit for a detailed rail map. Amtrak (Bay Station) is located 3 miles from the hotel. Amtrak also stops at South Station in the Financial District, which is approximately 5 miles from the hotel.

Location Information

Cambridge is the spirited, slightly mischievous side of Boston, located just a bridge away on the other side of the Charles River. Packed with international flair and a youthful vitality, Cambridge is a city where counter culture lives, classic culture thrives, and multi-culture is a way of life.

Cambridge offers an exciting multicultural setting where visitors from around the world mingle in the shadow of two of the world's premier educational institutions: Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Teaming with cafes, bookstores, and boutiques, Cambridge is often referred to as "Boston's Left Bank."


The Boston area's premier attraction, the Freedom Trail, is a walking tour through historic Boston, encompassing 16 of the most treasured sites in American history. The Freedom Trail is an actual red line painted on the sidewalks and streets of Boston. Besides guiding a visitor to the historic sites, the Freedom Trail is an excellent way to tour the city as it winds through many diverse neighborhoods.

Visitors to the Boston area are never at a loss for something to do. Boston's many museums, concert halls, theaters, and nightclubs are always abuzz with activity and excitement. From the internationally acclaimed Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Science and the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum, to the famous Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops, to an abundant local and pre-Broadway theater scene, Boston's cultural and entertainment options are bountiful.

Known as the "Athens of America," Boston's renowned medical and educational institutions have helped to make it an international center of learning and intellectual activity. The metropolitan area's 35 hospitals and more than 60 colleges and universities are a vast resource.