HL7 Harmonization Meetings
HL7 harmonization meetings are held four times a year. The purpose of these
meetings are to build upon and refine the Reference Information Model (RIM). The
RIM is the model of record for specification of
the information content of HL7 messages. The harmonization process is:
- Contributions to the RIM are made by
the HL7 Technical Committees and Special Interest Groups and by ANSI accredited
Standards Developing Organizations (SDO).
- No changes are introduced to the RIM
without first providing an opportunity for the entire HL7 working group to
review and comment on the proposed change.
- Following a defined comment period,
representatives from each Technical Committee review the proposed changes, along
with any comments received from the working group.
- A consensus process is used
to determine which of the proposed changes are actually applied to the RIM. This
process, referred to as "harmonization," ensures that the RIM is a
shared view of the entire working group.
The harmonization process therefore has a potential impact for those working
with the RIM in the UK. Before each meeting the list of proposals is available
and once each harmonization meeting is complete all the data is compiled
together in one complete downloadable package.
Last modified 09/04/08