Founded in 1987, Health Level Seven International (HL7) is a not-for-profit, ANSI-accredited standards development 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’s mission is to provide standards that empower global health data interoperability.
Involvement with International Patient Summary
HL7 has been a primary stakeholder in development of the International Patient Summary. HL7 has published two conformant implementations of the IPS using two of its primary standards:
- The HL7 IPS CDA Implementation Guide provides the specification on how to implement the IPS in the HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA)
- The HL7 IPS FHIR Implementation Guide provides the specification on how to implement the IPS in the HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR)