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A Special Message from the HL7 CEO and Board Chair

[fa icon="calendar"] Jun 10, 2020 10:30:25 AM / by Health Level Seven

+Generic-HL7HL7's Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Dear HL7 Members and Community:

Since its inception over 30 years ago, Health Level Seven International (HL7®) has worked towards improving lives and connecting diverse communities and people as a global leader in interoperability. Professional connection, social interactions and respectful dialogue are so important today more than ever, as citizens speak out on the persistent, pernicious racial injustice and unaddressed inequities.  We mourn needless deaths like that of George Floyd and those who have come before him, and we share in the world’s collective heartbreak.

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King once said that, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.”  In this sensitive and important time, HL7 takes this sentiment to heart, strengthening its focus and re-doubling efforts to fulfill our vision “of a world in which everyone can securely access and use the right health data when and where they need it.” 

We invite our valued membership and stakeholders across the healthcare continuum to join us, as we reaffirm our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as a key social and strategic business priority across our entire organization.  You can read more about our commitment in our Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at:



  Charles Jaffe Signature_cropped                                            Walter-Suarez_cropped 

 Charles Jaffe, MD, PhD                                                          Walter G. Suarez, MD, MPH

  CEO                                                                                                   Chair, Board of Directors

  HL7 International                                                                      HL7 International



Topics: HL7, HL7 community, interoperability, health IT

Health Level Seven

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Health Level Seven® International (HL7) is an ANSI-accredited, not-for-profit standards developing organization with the mission of empowering global health interoperability. With affiliates in over 30 countries, HL7’s global membership envisions a world in which everyone can securely access and use the right data when and where they need it. Widely implemented by vendor and healthcare systems, and required by governing bodies around the world, HL7 standards deliver solutions for health information technology, including HL7® Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®), Version 2 (V2) and Clinical Document Architecture (CDA®).

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