HL7 delivers healthcare interoperability standards

Why Join?

Health Level Seven International (HL7) is the global authority on standards for interoperability of health information technology with members in over 55 countries. By joining HL7 UK, you gain access to our standards community, and you help us to create the best and most widely used standards in healthcare.


There are four classes of membership, Organisation, Benefactor, Personal and Student - Check out the membership details.

Benefits of membership include:

  • Access to HL7 standards community and supporting documents. 
  • Learn and share experience in healthcare interoperability. In HL7 UK, individuals from healthcare providers and system suppliers work together and freely share information. HL7 UK is run by and for its members.
  • Influence the way in which UK-specific versions are developed. HL7 UK is now the main forum for discussion of interoperability between healthcare IT systems. Members include:
    • NHS central and policy organisations such as the NHS Information Authority, the NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT), NHS Information Standards Board (ISB)
    • NHS Trusts and PCGs
    • Royal Colleges
    • Most of the largest suppliers of primary and secondary healthcare IT systems
    • Middleware suppliers
    • Consultants - from single-handers to huge multinationals.

    If all or part of your business concerns healthcare IT system interoperability, you're not properly informed unless you're a member of HL7 UK. Read HL7 UK Member Testimonials.

    What is HL7?

    HL7 produces the world's most widely used standards for healthcare interoperability. Most of the leading suppliers use and support the development of HL7 standards across six continents.

    The NHS Information Standards Board has endorsed HL7 Version 3 as the strategic direction for clinical messaging, and HL7 is key to the current strategy of the NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT).

    What is HL7 UK?

    HL7 UK is the UK affiliate organisation to HL7, and was set up in January 2000. It is a not-for-profit voluntary organisation of software vendors, healthcare providers (such as NHS Trusts), and independent consultants, dedicated to delivering interoperability across UK healthcare.

    HL7 UK is set up as a company limited by guarantee, HL7 UK Ltd (registered in England no 4026136). All members of HL7 UK are legal members of HL7 UK Ltd. See Board pages for details of the Management Board and Directors.

    Last modified 24/10/13