HL7 delivers healthcare interoperability standards

Connecting for Health CTO endorses HL7 as a key standard

08 July 2008

There was strong endorsement for HL7 by Paul Jones, CTO of NHS Connecting For Health, this week. In an interview on ComputerworldUK, he says "there are clear benefits to be gained from proper healthcare standards". The NHS intends to focus on 2 or 3 standards going forward, and the piece singles out HL7 V3, HL7 CDA and SNOMED CT.

Paul also gave an upbeat presentation at Wednesday's SNOMED CT and Interoperable Healthcare conference in Birmingham, entitled "Integrating Standards to Achieve Interoperability". He stated that "people say interoperability is hard, and it is hard". He followed by saying that despite this, last month 63 million HL7 V3 messages were sent in the NHS, between 59 accredited systems. This figure excludes GP2GP and Choose and Book, both of which are also based on V3 transactions. A theme of the presentation was that no one standard should stand alone, and the way forward is standards organisations working together.


Last modified 08/07/08