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HL7 Version 2 Training

A 2 day training course providing an overview of the HL7 Version 2 standard with a focus on understanding it from an implementation perspective. The NHS Interoperability Toolkit (ITK) is based upon HL7 Version 2 and Version 3 which are already widely used within the NHS.

HL7 version 2 is the main interoperability standard used to support workflows within a hospital setting - it is used throughout the NHS. Knowledge of HL7 version 2 is effectively a requirement for all those interested in achieving systems interoperability within a trust.




NCVO - London N1


09.30 -17.00

Early Bird Fees -  apply upto one month before the course

  • Standard £1030+VAT
  • HL7 UK member OR NHS Trust Employee £920+VAT
  • HL7 UK Member & NHS Trust employee £820+VAT

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Standard  Delegate Fees:

  • Standard £1280+VAT
  • HL7 UK member OR NHS Trust Employee £1150+VAT
  • HL7 UK Member & NHS Trust employee £1030+VAT

Who should attend?

  • This is a practical and hands-on 2-day training course which is aimed at helping those involved with the design, development, implementation, deployment and support of systems that use (or will use) the HL7 Version 2 standard.
  • It is an ideal course for those needing to integrate systems within the setting of a single trust. After attending you will have a strong understanding and knowledge of the HL7 Version 2 standard, how it is used and why HL7 Version 2 is important.


The course offers an introduction to the HL7 Version 2 standard, designed for those who need to implement it or work with existing interfaces that make use of it.

  • Historical Perspective
  • Foundation: Dynamic models
    • Trigger Events
    • Message exchange paradigms
  • Foundation: Static (content) models
    • Abstract Message Structure, Fields, and Components
    • Data Types
    • Encoding Rules: Classic and XML syntax
    • Z-Segments, Extensions to HL7
  • An Overview of the version 2 documentation
  • Profiles and localization
  • Conformance and HL7 Tools
    • Testing, programming APIs
  • Use of HL7 version 2 in key domains
    • Patient Registration Details
    • Observation Reporting and Order Entry
    • IHE Radiology workflow profile
  • Summary


  • A basic understanding of healthcare IT systems and the requirements for integration.
  • Students should have a notebook PC as exercises include PC based work on sample messages.
    • During the training course a Windows-based toolkit (a 30-day evaluation version of 7Edit) will be used. Administrator rights will be required to install the toolkit. If you're using an open source OS or a Mac, please ensure that you have the proper VM software installed.
    • If one organization has multiple participants they could share a notebook PC; the recommended maximum number of users is 2.

Introductory Reading Materials:

In order to prepare for the training course the Course Tutor suggests that trainees may want to read the documentation below. If you have prior knowledge of healthcare processes and/or healthcare IT you can probably skip most of them.

Course Tutor:

  • René Spronk, HL7/IHE/DICOM Trainer, Ringholm.
  • René has been providing both HL7 version 2 as well as HL7 version 3 training all around Europe since 2001. He has first hand experience in implementing HL7 version 2 as well as HL7 version 3 interfaces.
  • Ringholm bv is a group of European experts in the field of messaging standards and systems integration in healthcare IT.
  • Other tutors may be present should the number of trainees be larger than 20.

Standard Delegate fees

  • Standard £1280+VAT
  • HL7 UK member OR NHS Trust Employee £1150+VAT
  • HL7 UK Member & NHS Trust employee £1030+VAT

Fees cover course materials, lunch and refreshments. All fees subject to 20% VAT. 

Terms and Conditions

Please read the Terms and Conditions.

For any queries please email training@hl7.org.uk.

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