After 32 years of serving HL7 International as the Executive Director, Mark McDougall will retire at the end of this year. HL7 leadership would like to acknowledge Mark's significant contributions to the organization across the decades.
Andy Truscott, FHL7, HL7 Board Chair states, "Mark's unwavering commitment and visionary leadership have been pivotal in advancing healthcare standards and interoperability across our organization. As Executive Director, Mark consistently demonstrated an extraordinary dedication to our mission. His ability to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare informatics and standards development has been instrumental in shaping HL7 into the dynamic organization it is today. Mark's passion for improving healthcare outcomes through enhanced interoperability has not only guided our work but has served as an inspiration to us all.
As Mark prepares to embark upon retirement, we wish him all the best in his future endeavors. His legacy within HL7 will be enduring, shaping the way we approach healthcare standards and data exchange for years to come.
We acknowledge and honor his exemplary service and commitment to our cause. Thank you, Mark, for your invaluable contributions, and we wish you a retirement filled with happiness, health and new adventures."
HL7® International, the global authority on interoperability of health information technology with members in 55 countries, today announced the appointment of two new members to the HL7 board of directors to serve a two-year term: Aashima Gupta, director, global healthcare solutions, Google Cloud; Judy Wawira Gichoya, M.D., M.S., assistant professor, radiology and imaging sciences, Emory University School of Medicine.
“These leaders represent a critical cross section of global stakeholders who are committed to advancing health through information technology. We are delighted to welcome them to the HL7 board of directors,” said Charles Jaffe, M.D., Ph.D., CEO of HL7. “Their strategic expertise and diverse experience will contribute greatly to HL7’s goal of improving the quality of care and reducing costs by overcoming the barriers to interoperability.”
The HL7 Da Vinci Project recently named eight healthcare technology experts as its 2021 Da Vinci Community Champions. The individuals recognized for this prestigious honor represent the diverse membership of the HL7® Da Vinci Project, a collaborative multi-stakeholder effort including health plans, hospital systems, accountable care organizations (ACOs) and technology vendors. The awards were announced on July 20, 2022, at the monthly HL7 Da Vinci Project member meeting. This is the second year in which the HL7® Da Vinci Project has recognized innovative leaders in health IT who are helping to guide the evolution of the HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standard.
As a designated HL7 FHIR accelerator program, the Da Vinci Project is a private sector consortium dedicated to improving the healthcare delivery system by accelerating interoperability standards to support value-based care, reduce administrative burden, automate workflow and improve provider teams’ ability to impact health outcomes.
Last year, the Da Vinci Project leadership created the Community Champions Program to recognize and celebrate the talented problem solvers advancing interoperability within the industry. The Community Champion Program puts a spotlight on individuals who display the unique traits of “industry above self, a passion for making the healthcare system work better, supporting others, and promoting change.”
By Brian Douthit; Charles Jaffe, MD, PhD; Viet Nguyen, MD; and Titus Schleyer, DMD, PhD
Originally starting as an application showcase in 2018, the FHIR Apps Competition has become one of the most popular sessions at the AMIA Annual Symposium. From clinical decision support and health information exchange to problem-oriented displays and back-end data exchange, HL7 FHIR is enabling innovation across a whole range of health IT domains.
AMIA and HL7 recently reinvigorated their partnership to emphasize the importance of health data standards in informatics, and engage the AMIA implementer community in leveraging FHIR for research, patient care and education. The competition is intended to highlight the best and most innovative FHIR implementations – if you are planning to attend the Annual Symposium this year, you don’t want to miss it!
Opportunity to Advance Your Career with an HL7 Informatics Internship
- Remote-based/online internship
- $5,000 USD monthly stipend
- 12-16 weeks
- Must be eligible to work in the United States
We want to hire and mentor a motivated informatics trainee who wants to learn, contribute, and advance the industry’s approach to solving the thorny problems of health data interoperability. This internship will focus specifically on synthesizing best practices for using standard terminologies within HL7’s specifications. You will be working with world-class experts, learning how consensus-driven standards are transforming data exchange, and building a key resource for the global health standards community.
To our HL7 International community,
The past two years have been challenging for all of us, and now the world is faced with the unfolding conflict in Eastern Europe.
We are sure that the events of the past 24 hours have left you, as they have us, saddened.
HL7 has a long-standing history of global participation, support and collaboration from across the world. We are proud to have such a united community dedicated to the advancement of interoperability and the betterment of healthcare across the world. Our mutual goals and passion have brought together individuals from diverse communities who have created strong bonds and friendships through their work within HL7.
On behalf of the HL7 US Realm Steering Committee (USRSC), we are pleased to share an update on last year's priorities and highlight our focus for 2022.
Visibility was a key theme of our work in 2021 and included supporting pilot work on a standards dashboard, tracking accelerator activity and promoting key ballots.
Before we dive into 2022, we want to highlight a few key points for all US Realm (USR) members.
- SMART v2: published new guidance on granular controls
- Bulk Data v2: published with numerous new features
- Errata release of Consolidated CDA (C-CDA): companion guide to support January 2022 ballot
- C-CDA Companion Guide: January 2022 ballot to add USCDI v2 guidance
- US FHIR Core - January 2022 ballot: to add USCDI v2 guidance
- Hosted reviews on HL7 Standards Dashboard Prototype
- C-CDA Web Publishing Trial Draft using FHIR Structure Definition
- Facilitated US@ project with ONC team