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June 23, 2020

Health Level Seven International (HL7), founded in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1987, is a not-for-profit, ANSI-accredited standards developing organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information that supports clinical practice and the management, delivery and evaluation of health services.  HL7 is supported by more than 1,600 members from over 50 countries, including 500+ corporate members representing healthcare providers, government stakeholders, payers, pharmaceutical companies, vendors/suppliers, and consulting firms.

HL7 runs an outstanding content management system for its products as can be seen in the link below:

HL7 Standards – Master Grid

Like many consensus product developers with a continuous maintenance process, it has developed its own proprietary user interface.

Today we include HL7 in our monthly scan of ANSI-accredited standards under continuous maintenance.  One of its parent standards, described below, is open for public review:

HL7 V2 Conformance.  The intent of the project is to update the conformance methodology used to profile message definitions and to separate (divorce) the conformance chapter (currently Chapter 2B) from the ‘main’ HL7 v2 standard.

– Provide an independent (separate) HL7 v2 Conformance Methodology standard.

– Update the conformance constructs and profiling mechanisms used for implementation
guide creation

– Update the profile schema that supports the XML computable representation for implementation guides and message profiles

– Deprecate by means of an errata the Conformance chapter/section from all prior V2 versions. (our expectation is that the content of conformance testing of existing IGs will not change, but going forward any new specification will use this updated conformance methodology). To be clear, the proposal is an updated method of how to specify conformance for new IGs.

– Identify opportunities to encourage adoption by external implementation guide developers (e.g., IHE) to use the same conformance definitions and constructs.

Comments due July 27th.

You may obtain an electronic copy from:  Order from: Karen Van Hentenryck, (313) 550-2073,  Send comments to Karen (with optional copy to

We maintain the HL7 suite on the standing agenda of our Health and Nota Bene teleconferences.  See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting; open to everyone.

Issue: [13-154]

Category: Healthcare, Administration & Management

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Jim Harvey Akkeneel Talsma

Source:  ANSI Standards Action


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