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Health Level 7 (HL7)

http://www.hl7.org/

HL7.org is an international organization with its origins in the USA, and an expanding group of international users and participants in the development process. HL7.org provides international standards for inter-system and inter-organization messaging, for decision support, clinical text document mark-up, user interface integration as well as a health data model and message development methodology. It produces global health informatics standards through a process of collaboration, which involves HL7 Australia.

The HL7 standards are the dominant health-messaging standards in the USA, Canada, Germany, Holland, Australia, and New Zealand and are being adopted as the health-messaging standard by other countries.

There are many national HL7 organizations that participate in HL7 development activities. These include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Southern Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, The Netherlands, UK, Spain, Greece and Ireland.