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HL7 Standards for Health

HL7 International fosters a collaborative community that is committed to improving the health of people around the world through technology. How? By evolving and sharing standards for health information technology interoperability like the HL7® FHIR® and the HL7 CDA standards.

We make caring for patients safer. We make clinical research more effective.
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HL7 standards benefit everyone

Data standards provide the common language that lets different digital systems work together - so everyone can securely access and use the right health information when and where they need it.

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standards are a community effort

HL7 is a community effort

HL7 standards are developed through the dedicated collaboration of over 4,000 volunteers worldwide who represent healthcare vendors, providers, payers, policy makers, consultants and others.

Here are some ways that HL7 members benefit from active support and participation:

  • Help make healthcare better for everyone
  • Jump-start innovation and speed time to launch on interoperability projects
  • Future-proof your business by staying ahead of standards and trends
  • Learn and collaborate with peers, customers, competitors, and potential partners
  • Influence new standards in ways that matter to your business

“What I like about HL7 is that it's very mission-driven. There's very much a sense of higher purpose. I really feed off the opportunity to connect with others who are passionate and involved about interoperability.”

—Tate Gilchrist, InterSystems

 

Straight from the Source

Designed for easy implementation, HL7's Fast Health Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard combines the best of earlier HL7 standards with the latest web technologies for health interoperability that's astonishingly quick and cost-effective to develop.

For organizations considering FHIR as a cure for interoperability headaches, HL7 is your source for all things FHIR.

“HL7 FHIR is the HTML of healthcare.”

—John Halamka, MD, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Clinicians and healthcare providers

The continuum of care is critical in improving patient health. HL7 FHIR promises to integrate health data from separate silos to deliver continuous information. 

Why HL7?

HL7 is your source to learn about FHIR and connect with others working on the same challenges.

"Participating in standards requires investment, but there's a high return on that investment through more successful participation in initiatives to reduce costs, create revenue, speed time to market, and ease reporting."

- James McClay, MD, University of Nebraska Medical Center

"With the exponential increase in the amount of data about humans, clinicians need to roll up their sleeves and get involved with HL7 so we can contribute to building standards that work in the context of patient care."

- Russ Leftwich, MD, InterSystems

How you can get involved:

Join an HL7 Work Group

HL7 has many work groups relevant to clinicians and healthcare providers, including in the areas of anesthesia, clinical decision support, clinical quality, emergency care and patient care. These work groups fall under the HL7 Clinical Steering Division, which defines the requirements and solutions to support the needs for communication information related to the creation, management, execution and quality of messages, services, resources and documents.

More information available at: confluence.HL7.org/display/CSD/Clinical+Steering+Division+Home

Clinicians on FHIR

This is a hands-on program developed by the HL7 Patient Care Work Group for those familiar with clinical workflows to challenge FHIR resources and build simple FHIR profiles around abbreviated clinical use cases. It also provides clinical expertise to the technical FHIR Connectathons and seeks to education and evangelize other clinicians about FHIR.

More information available at: confluence.HL7.org/display/PC/Clinicians+on+FHIR

HL7 FHIR Accelerator Program

This program is designed to assist communities and collaborative groups across the global healthcare spectrum in the creation and adoption of high quality HL7 FHIR implementation guides or other standard artifacts to move toward the realization of global health data interoperability.

More information available at: www.HL7.org/about/fhir-accelerator/

CARIN Alliance — This alliance is led by providers, payers, consumers, pharmaceutical companies, consumer platform companies, health IT companies, and consumer-advocates who are working collaboratively with other stakeholders in government to overcome barriers in advancing consumer-directed exchange across the U.S. Its vision is to rapidly advance the ability for consumers and their authorized caregivers to easily get, use and share their digital health information when, where and how they want to achieve their goals. Learn more at www.HL7.org/carin/

CodeX — This community is comprised of patients, providers, health systems, regulators, payers and EHR vendors addressing the need to obtain high quality, computable data for cancer care and research. The project's objective is to create a national platform for interoperable cancer data modeling, driven by use cases that address the most urgent challenges in cancer care and research. Learn more at www.HL7.org/codex/

Da Vinci Project — This project is comprised of industry leaders and health IT technical experts who are working together to accelerate the adoption of HL7 FHIR as the standard to support and integrate value-based care (VBC) data exchange across communities. It focuses on the payer/provider collaboration needed to identify and enable information exchange to positively impact clinical, quality, cost and care management outcomes. The project is looking for providers that want to test and implement the artifacts for its use cases, such as data exchange for quality measures and coverage requirements discovery. Learn more at www.HL7.org/about/davinci/

Gravity — This project is comprised of a broad stakeholder group and focuses on identifying and harmonizing social risk factor data for interoperable electronic health information exchange. It aims to standardize medical codes to facilitate the use of social determinants of health-related data in patient care, care coordination between the health and human services sectors, population health management, value-based payment and clinical research. Learn more at www.HL7.org/gravity/

Reducing Clinician Burden Project

This project is managed by the HL7 Electronic Health Records (EHR) Work Group. It focuses on clinician burden and burnout (including time and data quality burdens) as it relates to the use of EHR/HIT systems. It considers the following: clinical practice at the point of care; regulatory, accreditation, administrative, and payer mandates; EHR/HIT system design functionality, usability and implementation; and data quality and usability. The project is reviewing reference sources to document the substance, impact and extent of clinical burden in order to use the findings to influence the future direction of HL7 standards development efforts.

More information available at: wiki.HL7.org/Reducing_Clinician_Burden

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Payers

HL7 FHIR provides access to clinical data such as precision medicine and clinical decision support and advances value-based care by improving work flow, care quality and quality reporting.

Why HL7?

HL7 is your source for the latest FHIR solutions to improve health and control cost across health populations.

"As payers we need to stay engaged in the interoperability standards setting process lest our growing needs for provider collaboration and member information will go unmet."

- Joe Miller, Director of Strategy and Innovation, AmeriHealth Caritas (remarks from an ONC meeting)

"The healthcare industry has spoken about patient-centric healthcare for years, but major stakeholders like payers, providers, and government agencies had designed and procured solutions that were best suited for institutions rather than how patients actually wish to consume care. True "patient-serving" innovations and delivery system transformation requires payer/provider collaboration from the start– and it is here that FHIR can play a valuable role. The AHIP Innovation Lab is proud to help HL7 operationalize meaningful shifts that enable "patient-serving" initiatives to achieve optimal utilization levels across the multi-stakeholders in our ecosystem– these types of collaborative innovation models are being proven more and more frequently, with less time to market, and are creating a viable path to outcomes driven healthcare for the consumers we all have the privilege of serving."

- Rahul Dubey,SVP, Innovations and Solutions- AHIP, Founder of the AHIP Innovation Lab

"In a collaborative effort with health providers, health plans are rapidly moving toward alternative payment methods that are value-based, leveraging clinical and financial data to provide consumers better care with better outcomes at a lower cost. By adopting HL7 standards that are capable of resolving many of the healthcare IT ecosystem barriers, we can achieve consumer-first, affordable healthcare delivery."

- Frank Viviano, Director of Technology Strategy, Data Exchange Solutions, Cambia Health Solutions

Solution Providers

HL7 FHIR can ensure your solution easily connects to any EHR faster and easier than ever before.

Why HL7?

HL7 is your source to learn how you can best leverage FHIR and to collaborate in a community focused on interoperability.

"HL7 is a rock-solid convener that doesn't choose sides. They create a neutral space where our tech people can work shoulder-to-shoulder with competitors and customers to make it easier and easier to connect systems from different vendors."

- Carl Dvorak, President, Epic

"The true value of HL7 lies in active participation. The cost of the knowledge we gain from participating as a member of HL7 more than repays itself in increased speed to market and reduced development costs."

- Mark Segal, PhD, GE Healthcare Digital

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