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Russ Leftwich, MD

Russ Leftwich, MD
Russ Leftwich, MD is the Treasurer for the HL7 International Board of Directors and a Senior Clinical Advisor for Interoperability at InterSystems

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The Power of Community in HL7

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 15, 2016 9:04:51 AM / by Russ Leftwich, MD posted in FHIR, CDA, hl7, hl7 community, interoperability

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The Power of Community in HL7

I first became involved with HL7 a decade ago as I transitioned from medical practice to clinical informatics. I attended my first HL7 meeting, as many do, to take advantage of the tutorial sessions offered around foundational standards like HL7 Version 2 and the Clinical Document Architecture (CDA®).  The most valuable takeaway from that first meeting however was not the knowledge of the standards but the beginning of my relationship with the community of individuals who are HL7.

HL7 is a diverse community

It is a remarkable community of individuals that are as diverse as the countries they call home, the organizations that employ them, and their backgrounds of education and experience. The one thing that is common and shared across the community is the sense that we move the needle as a community; move the needle a little with each use case enabled with an HL7 standard and each project that ends with consensus on a new data standard.

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