If one spends any amount of time looking at software in healthcare, you cannot escape two lettters and one number HL7 the mysterious acronmy stands for an organization called Health Level 7 that does nothing but write standard specifications for health care. Robert Dolin, MD of Kaiser Permanente has an
overview on MDnetGuide.com of HL7 and how it relates to all the other alphabet-soup standards such as LOINC and SNOMED. This still won’t end the age-old debate: what comes first standards or applications?
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