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OASIS and HL7 Exchange Memberships for Advancement of XML in Healthcare

Boston, MA and Ann Arbor, MI. February 08, 2000.

OASIS and Health Level Seven (HL7) today announced that they have exchanged sponsor memberships in a move that is expected to further XML application and interoperability in the healthcare industry. The reciprocal membership opens communication between the cross-industry efforts of OASIS, which advances XML interoperability through its XML.ORG industry portal, and the industry-vertical XML development work of HL7, which has made great strides in implementing XML for clinical patient and healthcare services. Both groups are international in their focus.

This announcement formalizes the working relationship between OASIS and HL7, explained Laura Walker, executive director of OASIS. As a leading consortium in the healthcare industry, HL7 was one of the first to recognize the importance of XML. Their rich experience in XML development will be a great asset for OASIS, which serves as a vendor-neutral resource for vertical industry groups seeking to build consensus on XML schemas.

Dr. Robert Dolin, co-chair of HL7's XML Technical Committee and member of the HL7 board of directors, described the agreement as a great opportunity for both HL7 and OASIS. "XML is clearly the next step in messaging and document representation and will foster greater interoperability," said Dolin. "In fact, HL7's Version 3 release and Patient Record Architecture document standard, both slated for publication later this year, delve heavily into XML application. The partnership with OASIS will allow HL7 and its members to keep current on XML development and share with those applying it in other industries. Reciprocally, it will give the OASIS community a chance to access schemas being developed by HL7 and see how XML is being applied in the healthcare industry."

About HL7

Founded in 1987, Health Level Seven, Inc. ( is a not-for-profit, ANSI-Accredited Standards Developing Organization that provides standards for the exchange, management and integration of data that supports clinical patient care and the management, delivery and evaluation of health care services. Its 1,700 members represent over 400 corporate members, including 90 percent of the largest information systems vendors serving healthcare. HL7 international affiliates have been formed in Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, India, Japan, The Netherlands and New Zealand, Southern Africa and the United Kingdom. HL7's endeavors are sponsored, in part, by the support of its benefactors: Agilent Technologies, Ernst & Young, IBM Global Healthcare Industry, IDX Systems Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, McKesson HBOC, Quest Diagnostics Inc., Shared Medical Systems and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


OASIS ( is a non-profit, international consortium dedicated solely to product-independent data and content interchange. Focusing on product interoperability, OASIS embraces the complete spectrum of structured information standards including XML, SGML and CGM. OASIS sponsors include Adobe Systems, Aerospatiale, AND-USA, Arbortext, Bentley Systems, Boeing, Bowstreet, Chrystal Software, Cohesia, Commerce One, CommerceNet, Corel, DataChannel, DMSi, Documentum, Dun & Bradstreet,, Enigma, Extricity Software, GCA, IBM, InformIT, Informix, InterCAP, Interleaf, Interwoven, ISOGEN, ITEDO, JetForm, Keyfile, Microsoft, NextPage, NII Enterprise Promotion Association,, NIST, Object Design, Object Management Group (OMG), Open Applications Group, Oracle, Pick Systems, ProNet Technology Partners, Reed Technology, Reuters, Sabre, Sequoia Software, SoftQuad, Software AG, STEP, StreamServe, Sun Microsystems, Synthbank, Wavo, Xerox, XMLSolutions and XyEnterprise.


XML.ORG ( is a vendor-neutral community for advancing XML industry standardization. Hosted by OASIS, the XML.ORG website provides news and information about the application of XML in electronic business environments. XML.ORG offers valuable online tools, such as the XML.ORG Catalog, a clearinghouse for industry-specific or cross-industry XML specifications. Sponsors of XML.ORG include DataChannel, Documentum, Commerce One, GCA, IBM, SAP, SoftQuad and Sun Microsystems.

For more information:

Carol Geyer
Media Relations Consultant
Tel: +1.412.963.1479

Karen Van Hentenryck
Associate Executive Director
Health Level Seven, Inc.
Tel: +1.734.677.7777

Prepared by Robin Cover for the The SGML/XML Web Page archive.

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