There was an interesting article published today on the IT Business in Canada website entitled, “Newfoundland provides health clinics with digitization software.” It is the story about a facility in Canada obtaining EMR software. The part of the story that is interesting is the section on the HL7 standard, V3.0:
When choosing the software, the NLCHI specifically requested that it be compatible with HL7 version 3 messaging standards. Software that adheres to those standards isn’t widely available yet, but they will likely become the platform of choice for future implementations, said Barron, and have been endorsed by Canada Health Infoway.
“Certainly HL7 version 3 is where we all need to go, but unfortunately to go and buy something off the shelf . . . just isn’t there right now. (The records) need to interoperate. It will certainly be interesting to see how that rolls out as we put our interoperable communications structure in place,” he said.
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