The HL7 Technical Steering Committee’s (TSC) mission is to provide technical leadership to the HL7 organization to achieve the vision of creating a world in which everyone can securely access and use the right health data when and where they need it. The TSC oversees and coordinates the technical efforts contributed by the HL7 participants to ensure that the efforts of the Working Group are focused on the overall HL7 mission to provide standards that empower global health data interoperability.

TSC will provide input to the HL7 Board of Directors and implement any Board strategies impacting the Working Group. The TSC provides oversight of the Working Group activities related to the development of HL7 standards.


The TSC is responsible for overseeing the execution of standards development within HL7 by assuring that the efforts of the Working Group are in line with the strategy set forth by the Board.

The TSC develops and maintains the processes HL7 follows to develop standards. The broad structure is based upon the separation of governance, management, and methodology.

The TSC oversees the development of methodologies and work processes to be used by the Working Group in developing HL7 consensus-based standards specifications.

The TSC oversees the management function of the Work Groups and manages the health and project workload of the Work Groups.

The TSC establishes standards governance precepts based on the needs of Work Groups, product families, and service groups. The TSC establishes management groups to assure that the product family-related work is performed in a consistent manner across the Working Group.

The TSC works with the Chief Standards Development Officer (CSDO) and HL7 staff to serve as the primary communication vehicle for the technical operations of HL7, communicating status and guidelines regarding standards and operations.

The composition of the TSC is described in section 10 of the GOM, and additional ex officio membership as described in section 07: Board Chair, Board Vice Chair, and Immediate Board Past-Chair.

Work Products and Contributions to HL7 Processes

The Technical Steering Committee (TSC) operates – and expects the Working Group to operate – in accordance with the following principles:

  1. recognize and respect the contributions and ideas of the individuals who make up the Working Group;
  2. maintain an effective focus on the goals and strategic plan of HL7;
  3. assure that all major decisions are based on consensus of the stakeholders consistent with all bylaws, HL7 Essential Requirements, Governance and Operations Manual (GOM), and TSC processes;
  4. maximize sharing and "re-use" of work products between elements of the Working Group;
  5. use a project management approach to ensure that project goals are articulated and met;
  6. address any conflict between the members of the Working Group; and
  7. ensure that HL7 standards are developed on a solid foundation that promotes consistency and interoperability.


Formal Relationships with Other HL7 Groups

The  TSC Chair has a seat on the HL7 Board as specified in section 7 of the GOM.

The TSC may recommend representation on HL7 Board or other committees, but such recommendations are subject to the normal approval process by the Board of Directors of HL7 or as otherwise defined in the GOM. Section 10 of the GOM describes the  relationships  between the TSC and other groups.

TSC members may also act as liaisons with committees at the discretion of the board or as defined in the GOM, including:

  1. TSC Representative to the Governance and Operations Committee (GOC)

Formal Relationship with Groups Outside of HL7

When relationships between HL7 and external organizations involve the use by HL7 of a standard or specification developed by the external organization; then the use/specialization/localization of the specification by HL7 is governed by principles and practices specified by the TSC, and the signed Statement of Understand (SOU) between HL7 and the external organization.

Formal relationships between the TSC and groups outside of HL7 shall be governed by any SOU or other agreements between HL7 and the organization as defined by the by the HL7 Board.

*Mission and Charter adopted 2022-10-17

Technical Steering Committee Members


Jean Duteau, TSC Chair
Duteau Design Inc.

 Austin Kreisler, TSC Past Chair
Leidos, Inc.

Dan Vreeman, CSDO
Health Level Seven International

International Affiliate Representatives

 Giorgio Cangioli 
HL7 Italy
Term ends Dec 2023

 Christof Gessner
HL7 Germany
Term ends Dec 2024

Chris Shawn
US Department of Veterans Affairs
Term ends Dec 2024

Working Group Representatives
(see Distribution of WGs Amongst TSC WG Representatives)

Gora Datta
CAL2CAL Corporation
Term ends Dec 2023

Riki Merrick
Vernetzt, LLC
Term ends Dec 2023

Brian Pech
Kaiser Permanente
Term ends Dec 2024

Juliet Rubini
Term ends Dec 2024

Product Management Group Representatives

Josh Mandel - FHIR Management Group
Term ends Dec 2024

Robert McClure MD - Terminology Services Management Group
MD Partners, Inc.
Term ends Dec 2023

 Amit Popat - V2 Management Group
amit @ epic.com
Term ends Dec 2024

Linda Michaelsen - CDA Management Group
Term ends Dec 2023

Implementer Representatives

James Agnew
Smile CDR
Term ends Dec 2024

Rick Geimer
Lantana Consulting Group
Term ends Dec 2023

Ad Hoc Member

 David Pyke - GOC Liaison
Audacious Inquiry
Term ends Dec 2023

Webinar Series: Updates from the TSC

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