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HL7 Foundation in Europe: Four Strategic Questions

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2016 2:50:09 PM / by Catherine Chronaki posted in FHIR, HL7 Affiliates, ART-DECOR, HL7 Europe, epSOS, EXPAND, interoperability

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What is the role of HL7 standards in the eHealth Digital Services Infrastructure (eHDSI)?

eHDSI calls for EU-wide specifications and national extensions or localizations. Interoperability assets and shared terminology resources supporting HL7 standards adoption are needed to streamline large scale eHealth deployment at a reasonable time and cost.

The eStandards project, led by the HL7 Foundation, aims to create a roadmap for collaborative eStandards development fit for the purpose of large scale eHealth deployment. CEN/TC251 and IHE Europe participate in the eStandards project along with key eHealth stakeholders in Europe.

In view of these developments, it is worth reflection on:

  • How should HL7 standards be promoted at the national and European level?
  • What kind of tools and resources can HL7 offer to support its European members?
  • What synergies does HL7 need to engage in Europe?
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