Health Level Seven (HL7) is a set of international standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information. HL7 compliance refers to the adherence to these standards in the healthcare industry to ensure interoperability and smooth communication between various healthcare systems, applications, and devices.

HL7 is a not-for-profit organization that develops and publishes the HL7 standards. The standards facilitate the exchange of clinical and administrative data, including patient demographics, laboratory results, diagnoses, prescriptions, and other healthcare-related information.

The HL7 standards consist of different versions, with HL7 Version 2.x being the most widely used and established. It defines a messaging protocol that enables different healthcare systems to communicate with each other. HL7 Version 3, also known as the Clinical Document Architecture (CDA), is an XML-based standard for the exchange of clinical documents.

Here are the main HL7 regulations that PowerGate Australia has integrated into the process of developing healthcare products.

    • Messaging standards: Ensuring that messages exchanged between different systems comply with the HL7 messaging standard.
    • Data exchange: Ensuring that data is exchanged in a consistent and structured manner to facilitate interoperability.
    • Security and privacy: Ensuring that HL7 messages are secure and comply with data privacy regulations.
    • Implementation guides: Ensuring that the organization has implemented HL7-compliant systems and technologies according to the HL7 implementation guides.
    • Testing and validation: Ensuring that the HL7 systems and interfaces have been thoroughly tested and validated.
    • Documentation: Ensuring that proper documentation is in place for HL7-compliant systems and interfaces.