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What is HL7 + Introduction to Product Lines

[fa icon="calendar"] Dec 3, 2019 12:30:08 PM / by Carol Macumber, MS, PMP, FAMIA

What is HL7 and intro to product lines


Standards play a critical role in providing individuals and organizations with the tools to facilitate meaningful exchange of information. Subscribing to standards not only promotes organizational continuous improvement, but also enables comparable measurement against industry best practices.



Health Level Seven International (HL7®), created in 1987, is an international Standards Development Organization (SDO) that has improved workflow and data exchange throughout the healthcare industry by developing and maintaining technical standards and corresponding implementation guides.

HL7’s Governance and Operations Manual (GOM) describes how HL7 and its work products are governed and developed through methodical and formally controlled processes. The stringent processes ensure that HL7 standards meet American National Standards Institute (ANSI) criteria, further establishing their maturity level and appropriateness for use in production system. Many HL7 standards have been referenced in US Regulations.



The HL7 standards product families of interest for the Quality Measurement community include:

Complementary to the primary standards listed above are quality measurement specific HL7 standards such as:

Links have been included above to help you learn more about each of the HL7 product families and/or the quality measurement specific standards. In subsequent communications, we dive deeper into how these standards are being utilized by measure authors and adopted in national programs such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Payment Program electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs).

For more training opportunities, check out our HL7 Education on Demand resources as well as in-person and virtual education.


Topics: FHIR, CDA, Version 2, interoperability, C-CDA, Version 3, CMS, Health Quality Measures Format, Quality Reporting, Clinical Quality Language

Carol Macumber, MS, PMP, FAMIA

Written by Carol Macumber, MS, PMP, FAMIA

Carol serves as a co-chair of the HL7 Vocabulary Work Group and the vice chair of the HL7 Terminology Authority. She is the vice president at Apelon, Inc.

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