Saturday, May 25, 2013

HL7–The Common Denominator for Health Information Exchange and Electronic Health Records.


By no means am I a  computer scientist or engineer. I cannot even code.

Earlier today I had the fortuitous privilege of meeting Professor William Hammond, PhD at Duke University.

Professor Drummond began his career in electrical engineering and computer science.  He then found an intense interest in medicine and what computer science would do for clinicians. He immersed himself in working along with and behind practicing clinicians at Duke University School of Medicine. He is an original thinker in ‘translational computer science” as it relates to clinical medicine.  He is fluent in  acronyms in computer science and health care

Because of his early profound understanding what physicians want and need in information technology we now have HL-7. HL-7 (Health Level Seven)  as many know it began early in the development of electronic records, long before what we now call EMR.


Health Level Seven (HL7), is a non-profit organization involved in the development of international healthcare informatics interoperability standards.[1] "HL7" also refers to some of the specific standards created by the organization (e.g., HL7 v2.x, v3.0, HL7 RIM).[2]

HL7 and its members provide a framework (and related standards) for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information. The 2.x versions of the standards, which support clinical practice and the management, delivery, and evaluation of health services, are the most commonly used in the world.[3]

As a result of his pioneering work we now have many Certified EMR Vendors.and Regional Health Information Exchanges much of what is based upon the HL-7 Standards

HL-7 Newsletter

Why Health Level Seven is essential. Please feel free to listen to the presentation and attempt to answer the brief quiz.


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