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Version 3 Standard 'Patient Administration' Approved

Health Level Seven (HL7) Recently Announced that Version 3 Standard: Patient Administration, Release 1 Has Passed the Ballot Stage and has Been Approved as a Draft Standard for Trial Use (DSTU)

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. April 27, 2004.

Health Level Seven (HL7) recently announced that Version 3 Standard: Patient Administration, Release 1 has passed the ballot stage and has been approved as a Draft Standard for Trial Use (DSTU). "This document is the result of five cycles of committee ballots and uncounted hours of thought by many HL7 members," said Gregg Seppala, co-chair of HL7's Patient Administration Technical Committee and contributing editor of the standard.

Patient Administration, also known as ADT (Application, Discharge and Transfer), supports many of the core administrative functions in healthcare, such as person and patient registration and encounter management.

"The challenge faced by the Patient Administration Technical Committee (TC) in rewriting Patient Administration for Version 3 was to redefine messages for a domain that has been an essential part of HL7 since the very first draft of the standard was presented in 1987," Seppala said. "After our initial analysis identified nearly 460 possible messaging events, the technical committee chose to approach writing the V3 standard incrementally."

According to Seppala, Release 1 supports 53 of the most common messaging events such as: "add a new patient," "revise demographic information about a person," and "admit an inpatient."

"We hope that Version 3 early adopters will apply our DSTU and provide feedback to guide our work on release 2," he said.

The Patient Administration domain defines person and patient demographics and visit information about patients. Generally, information is entered into a Patient or Person Registry or into a Patient Administration system and passed to other systems (e.g., other registries, clinical, ancillary and financial systems).

The V3 Patient Administration Standard is being published for a twelve-month period of trial use. It is one of over two dozen specifications that together make up the Version 3 Messaging Standard. The V3 project represents a new approach to clinical information exchange. It is XML-based and built from the ground up around a single object model, the HL7 Reference Information Model (RIM), and a rigorous methodology that ties model to message and finally to syntax.

The V3 specification is built around subject domains, for each of which it provides storyboard descriptions, trigger events, interaction designs, domain object models derived from the RIM, hierarchical message descriptors (HMDs) and a prose description of each element. Implementation of these domains further depends upon a non-normative V3 Guide and normative specifications for: data types; the XML implementable technical specifications (ITS) or message wire format; message and control "wrappers"; and transport protocols.

About HL7

Founded in 1987, Health Level Seven, Inc. is a not-for-profit, ANSI-accredited standards developing organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information that supports clinical practice and the management, delivery and evaluation of health services. HL7's more than 2,000 members represent over 500 corporate members, including 90 percent of the largest information systems vendors serving healthcare.

HL7's endeavors are sponsored, in part, by the support of its benefactors: Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., CAP Gemini Ernst & Young U.S. LLC, Eclipsys Corporation, Eli Lilly & Company, the Food and Drug Administration, GE Medical Systems, Guidant Corporation, HIMS Solutions, Inc., IBM, IDX Systems Corporation, McKesson Information Solutions, Microsoft Corporation, Misys Healthcare Systems, NHS National Programme for IT, Oracle Corporation, Partners HealthCare System, Inc., Philips Medical Systems, Pfizer Inc., Quest Diagnostics Inc., Science Applications International Corporation, Siemens Medical Solutions Health Services, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

International affiliates have also been established in 24 countries throughout the globe including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Southern Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.


Health Level Seven, Inc.
Jonathan Himlin
Tel: (734) 677-7777


Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See also "Health Level Seven, Inc. (HL7) HL7 Releases Two Version 3 Transport Specifications as Draft Standards for Trial Use (DSTUs): Web Services and ebXML."

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