HL7 Announces 2008 Initiatives | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

HL7 Announces 2008 Initiatives

February 27, 2008
by root
| Reprints

Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Health Level Seven (HL7), a healthcare IT standards development organization announced key initiatives for 2008 to guide the development and adoption of healthcare IT standards in the U.S. and worldwide. The initiatives are part of HL7’s roadmap, which will define the organization’s plans for the next 18 to 36 months and report to HL7’s stakeholder community including end-users, implementers, and other standards development organizations on its progress.

Initiatives include:

  • Driving the Evolution of Electronic Health Records Systems
    HL7 continues to refine standards and specifications for EHR systems. The EHR Work Group will begin developing Release 2 of the EHR System Functional Model in the second half of 2008. This standard outlines important features and functions that should be contained in an EHR system.
  • Supporting Clinicians with Advanced Electronic Health Record Functionality
    There is a growing emphasis on preventive care and new developments in personalized medicine. Clinicians want to better manage patients at risk of developing conditions with genetic and hereditary components, such as breast and ovarian cancers. The HL7 Family History Model, approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in 2007, will be used for family health history data storage in an EHR.
  • Continuing Development of HL7 Version 2 and V3 Messaging Standards
    The continued development of standards, implementation guides and other technologies of the HL7 Version 2 family are critical to the maintenance and continued effectiveness of legacy systems across the globe. The newest version of the standard, Version 2.6, was published as an HL7 standard in January 2008.
  • Expanding CDA Implementations
    The HL7 Structured Documents Work Group will ballot several informative and draft standards for trial use (DSTU) implementation guides in 2008. These include the Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) Operative Note and the Diagnostic Imaging Report.


Former Health IT Head in San Diego County Charged with Defrauding Provider out of $800K

The ex-health IT director at North County Health Services, a San Diego County-based healthcare service provider, has been charged with spearheading fraudulent operations that cost the organization $800,000.

Allscripts Touts 1 Billion API Shares in 2017

Officials from Chicago-based health IT vendor Allscripts have attested that the company has reached a new milestone— one billion application programming interface (API) data exchange transactions in 2017.

Dignity Health, CHI Merging to Form New Catholic Health System

Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), based in Englewood, Colorado, and San Francisco-based Dignity Health officially announced they are merging and have signed a definitive agreement to combine ministries and create a new, nonprofit Catholic health system.

HHS Announces Winning Solutions in Opioid Code-a-Thon

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hosted this week a first-of-its-kind two-day Code-a-Thon to use data and technology to develop new solutions to address the opioid epidemic.

In GAO Report, More Concern over VA VistA Modernization Project

A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report is calling into question the more than $1 billion that has been spent to modernize the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) health IT system.

Lawmakers Introduce Legislation Aimed at Improving Medicare ACO Program

U.S. Representatives Peter Welch (D-VT) and Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) have introduced H.R. 4580, the ACO Improvement Act of 2017 that makes changes to the Medicare accountable care organization (ACO) program.