18 Dec 2000 — novaHEALTH officially renews its organisational membership with Health Level Seven (HL7), one of several ANSI-accredited Standards Developing Organisations (SDOs) operating in the healthcare arena.
Most SDOs produce standards (sometimes called specifications or protocols) for a particular healthcare domain such as pharmacy, medical devices, imaging or insurance (claims processing) transactions. Health Level Seven’s domain is clinical and administrative data. HL7’s mission is:
“To provide standards for the exchange, management and integration of data that support clinical patient care and the management, delivery and evaluation of healthcare services. Specifically, to create flexible, cost effective approaches, standards, guidelines, methodologies, and related services for interoperability between healthcare information systems.”
Headquartered in US, Health Level Seven is a non-profit volunteer organisation. Today HL7 has developed into a comprehensive standard and in brief, caters to Patient Administration (Admit, Discharge, Transfer and Demographics), Order Entry (Clinical Services and Observations, Pharmacy, Dietary, and Supplies), Financial Management (Patient Accounting and Charges), Observation Reporting (Results Reporting – Lab and other ancillary services) Scheduling, Medical Records, etc. HL7 also support the exchange of digital medical images using DICOM.
novaHEALTH has been an organisational member of HL7 (via novaSPRINT) and has been developing interfaces based on this standard since ’98. With this membership, novaHEALTH is provided with the latest updates of the HL7 standards and also kept abreast of future developments.