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[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 8, 2024 10:20:49 AM / by Elizabeth Sprouse posted in FHIR, HL7, HL7 community

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5 Tips for Getting Your App/Pilot/Project from Idea to Implementation

Are you ready to identify healthcare partners for your real-world pilot?

Have an app developed, but don’t know how to break into healthcare?

Or, perhaps you’ve received a “yes” from healthcare, but now find yourself in a spiral of administrative approvals.

We all have impactful, valuable projects; however, at least in the case of healthcare, we are navigating an industry facing myriad challenges – financial pressure, staff shortages, regulatory compliance. Make it easy for them to work with you and you’ll find a smoother path forward.

At HL7's January’s FHIR Connectathon and Working Group Meeting, Adele Stewart and Elizabeth Sprouse of Double Lantern Informatics hosted the education session “From Ghosted to Welcomed: Developing FHIR-based solutions with healthcare technology acceptance in mind.” Here are five tips from their talk. Want the rest of the scoop? Catch the full talk here.

  1. Understand workflow implications.

Build relationships with people in clinical informatics. These individuals will often help you understand workflow implications to your project that must be considered, such as:

  • Will you need to save data back to the electronic health record?
  • If you need to save back to the chart, how do you navigate this?
    • Where will it be saved?
    • Does the project involve a note that needs to be signed and/or support co-signature?
    • Does a Health Information Management committee need to be involved?
  • Does your solution involve a clinical alert? At the healthcare site, is clinical committee review needed for new alerts?
  • How will your project alter the current workflow and what training and communications must accompany go-live?
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Free HL7 Europe Webinar on the FHIR Implementation Guide for Laboratory Results This Friday

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 22, 2023 11:48:33 AM / by HL7 posted in FHIR, HL7, HL7 community, HL7 Europe, Laboratory Results, webinar

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Retirement Announcement for HL7 Executive Director Mark McDougall

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 9, 2023 4:08:56 PM / by HL7 posted in HL7, HL7 community, HL7 members, HL7 Leadership, annoucements

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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."

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Race and Ethnicity: The Importance of Standardized Data Collection and Management

[fa icon="calendar'] May 8, 2023 5:21:01 PM / by Health Level Seven posted in HL7, health IT, health equity, race and ethnicity, standardized data collection

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This blog post was created through discussion over the past year among various payers, federal entities, providers, quality organizations, and HL7 staff with a focus on the importance of standardized data collection and management of race and ethnicity data. The discussion below represents a synthesis of these themes and identifies ways HL7 can help support the field.

High-quality, reliable, data are key to facilitating achievement of health equity, “the state in which everyone has a fair and just opportunity to attain their highest level of health”. This includes the collection, analysis and sharing of race and ethnicity data. However, misaligned approaches to standardized data collection present challenges to action. In addition, many organizations lack awareness of or experience challenges in applying standards when collecting and exchanging such data. In this blog, we explore existing resources that can help facilitate standardized data collection and management – HL7 is here to help.

The collection of high-quality race and ethnicity data is essential to address preventable differences - disparities - in health and healthcare. Such data are used to drive assessments, identify gaps, and the support decision-making that leads to actions to close gaps while improving outcomes. There are documented use cases by payers, providers, policymakers, and industry, for research, quality improvement and care delivery purposes. These use cases demonstrate how creating more inclusive datasets can support efforts to reduce health disparities and increase access to higher-quality care for historically marginalized communities. For example, race and ethnicity data can help provide transparency on disparate access to and uptake of services that can lead to targeted quality improvement and enhanced services for under-resourced populations. For this to occur, reliable, accurate, and consistent data are needed.

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CodeX to Tackle More HL7® FHIR® Patient Care and Research Use Cases with Expanded Steering Committee

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 16, 2023 5:18:20 PM / by CodeX FHIR Accelerator posted in FHIR, HL7, health IT, FHIR Accelerator, FHIR Community, CodeX, oncology

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Five new Steering Committee members will bring unique insights to an upcoming slate of HL7 FHIR use cases in oncology, cardiovascular health, and genomics.

CodeX, the HL7® Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) Accelerator working to advance the adoption of FHIR as the standard to obtain high-quality, computable data for patient care and research, including the domains of oncology, cardiovascular health, and genomics, announced an expanded steering committee and new members of its leadership team.

“These experts in their fields are committed to helping CodeX develop and implement a strategic vision for the future with integrity, fairness, and equity. We embrace the HL7 ethos of collaboration and community to collectively solve interoperability challenges,” said Su Chen, M.D., program manager and clinical director of CodeX & digital health clinical principal at MITRE. In her role, Chen serves as chair of the CodeX Steering Committee.

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Status Update for October 18 | Association Management System Replacement

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 19, 2022 8:31:36 AM / by Health Level Seven posted in HL7, HL7 community, health IT, website, announcements

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Learn about HL7's Fonteva Implementation 

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In Appreciation | World Standards Week

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 10, 2022 1:07:17 PM / by Health Level Seven posted in HL7, HL7 community, health IT, annoucements, world standards week

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Status Update | Association Management System Replacement

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 5, 2022 11:00:16 AM / by Health Level Seven posted in HL7, HL7 community, health IT, website, announcements, annoucements

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Learn about HL7's Fonteva Implementation 

Dear HL7 Members and Community,

As announced last month, we are transitioning to a new Association Management System (AMS), Fonteva, enabling us to better serve the HL7 community.

As progress continues, we want to share details with you on what to expect in the coming weeks.

What to Expect During the Transition

On October 10, 2022: All updates and changes to the current system will be frozen in order to extract the data load for the new system.
  • More details will be shared on how to submit updates/change requests during the freeze
October 10th through October 31: The following functions will not be available.
  • Membership: applications, renewals and reactivations
    • Please contact to renew/reactivate memberships prior to October 10  
  • Member updates: demographics and profiles (i.e. email and address changes, etc.)
  • Organization accounts: changes including key member and/or voting members
  • HL7 website accounts: creation of new accounts
    • Note that other types of HL7 service accounts such as Atlassian can still be created
  • Purchase of OIDS
    • Please contact prior to October 10 to purchase or wait until October 31
  • Registration: events and education offerings
Still accessible: website, Ballot Desktop, Confluence and Jira.
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HL7 Announces New Board, International Council and TSC Members

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 30, 2022 9:49:11 AM / by Health Level Seven posted in HL7, HL7 community, health IT, annoucements, elections

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HL7® International, the global authority on interoperability of health information technology with members in 55 countries, announced election results for its board of directors, international council  and technical steering committee during its annual business meeting at the virtual 36th Annual Plenary and Working Group Meeting last week in Baltimore.


  • Julia Skapik, M.D. M.P.H, chief medical information officer, National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), was selected by the membership to serve as the chair-elect in 2023 and as the board chair, 2024-2025.
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We're Replacing Our Association Management System This Fall

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 16, 2022 10:04:08 AM / by Health Level Seven posted in HL7, HL7 community, health IT, website, announcements, annoucements

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Learn about HL7's Fonteva Implementation 


Dear HL7 Members and Community:

We are pleased to share that next month we will begin the transition to a new Association Management System (AMS), Fonteva, enabling us to better serve the HL7 community. 

Fonteva Quick Facts

  • Replaces the current AMS (GoMembers)
  • Built on Salesforce, offering a more versatile platform
  • Will not replace the current website
    • Some sections related to membership and registrations will have a  new look and feel
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