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HL7 Standards To Be Free Of Charge

September 4th, 2012

The healthcare standards development organization, Health Level Seven, will make much of its intellectual property, including its key Clinical Document Architecture standard, available without charge to healthcare organizations and without the previously required HL7 membership.
“It’s been a year in the planning,” said Dr. Charles Jaffe, CEO of the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based organization. The HL7 board took a final vote Aug. 1 to go forward with the plan. “I can tell you that the board was unanimous in this and as hard as it is to believe, they firmly will position this as, ‘This was the right thing to do.’ ”
The HL7 standards will not become open-source. Jaffe said users of HL7 will be required to enter into a license agreement once the plan is put into place in the first quarter of 2013. But the requirement that developers and other healthcare organizations become HL7 members to use the organization’s intellectual property will be dropped.
Every electronic health-record system vendor must use HL7 intellectual property to certify their systems as capable of meeting the meaningful-use criteria that are part of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive payment programs created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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