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HL7 UK endorses change of IP policy

Posted 05 September 2012

Following on from the announcement by HL7 International, the Board of HL7 UK strongly endorses the new policy on Intellectual Property.

Making HL7 standards available free of charge is something that the UK has been pushing for internationally for a while, and is especially good news following the recent UK Cabinet Office Open Standards Consultation.

The HL7 UK Management Board expect that this decision will be greatly beneficial to the further adoption of HL7 in the UK and look forward to working with HL7 UK Members to make this happen.

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"HL7ís vision is to make its collaborative, consensus-driven standards the best and most widely used in healthcare," said Charles Jaffe, MD, PhD, CEO of HL7. "By eliminating this barrier to implementation, we can come closer to realizing our goal, in which healthcare IT can reduce costs and improve the quality of care. Coupled with increasing government demand for standards that do not require a licensing fee, our decision to move toward free standards is perfectly aligned. To this end, we have already received enthusiastic support for this decision from key healthcare stakeholders."

Read the full HL7 press release. 

Last modified 05/09/12