Mid-Atlantic Chapter Event Alert - Jaffe, HL7 on Interoperability

Why Interoperability is so hard, and what HL7 is doing about it

For nearly 30 years, HL7 V2 messaging has been the predominant exchange platform. In fact, the V2 family is the most widely used health information technology in the world, accounting for more than 10 million messages per day.

Unfortunately, the very same technology that encouraged customization, impedes interoperability, even today. At the same time HL7 CDA has been an ANSI-standard for nearly 15 years, and today, Consolidated-CDA is now the law of the land. However, in its current form, CCDA poses many of the same interoperability challenges.

Significant improvements fin CCDA and V2 may mitigate much of this. The most recent HL7 innovation, FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) promises a brave new world of Interoperability. When FHIR Release 2 becomes available after the May ballot, the implementation community will most assuredly test this premise.


Charles Jaffe, MD, PhD, FACMI is the CEO of Health Level Seven. He serves on the Boards of Integrating the Healthcare Experience, Biomedical Research


6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Networking
7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. – Education Session
7:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Networking

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