HL7, Others Invite Healthcare Industry to Cast Ballot on Information Exchange Specifications

Health Level Seven International, Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise and the Health Story Project are encouraging reviews and comments on proposed health information exchange specifications that support meaningful use of electronic health record systems, according to a news release.

The proposed specifications are the result of an industry project, the "HL7/IHE Health Story Implementation Guide Consolidation Project." Working through the HL7 standards development organization, volunteers consolidated exchange standards for eight common types of clinical documents into one comprehensive implementation package that establishes a foundation for health information exchange.

Through the consolidation and harmonization effort, the project addressed minor areas of ambiguity within the specific Standards Final Rule requirement to implement the HL7 Clinical Document Architecture Release 2, Continuity of Care Document according to HITSP/C32.

Those interested in participating in the HL7 ballot must sign up for the ballot pool on the HL7 website by May 2. Ballots are due May 9. Instructions for participating are available at here.

Read the news release about the HL7 ballot (pdf).

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