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This page will be used to post CTO and project team updates related to the implementation of Confluence and Jira Collaboration software at HL7.

July 2020 CTO Tooling Update

Yikes!  Mid-summer already and once again your friendly CTO has dropped the ball on keeping you updated on all that's happening.  Which is not to say that there's nothing to talk about.  Here are a few key points - with more to come in coming weeks at webinars and eNews (I really mean it this time):

  • Unified Terminology Governance (UTG) continues to be the prime directive.  The UTG process has now replaced harmonization, and while training materials are being developed, debugging continues, and content continues to be updated and improved at, we have turned the corner so that the vast terminology resources of HL7 are now visible and available to support all of our standards development activities.  Check out the excellent UTG webinar to learn more!
  • Oniine PSS Workflow - the task force is nearly ready to unveil a new, streamlined form and process with concurrent reviews and a simpler approval process.  We can expect some hiccups as we rollout, as usual, but I think we're all ready to make the transition to help us get projects started with much less effort and delay in Fall 2020.
  • We're soon to unveil a new Confluence page to record a running log of leadership decisions and process and tooling changes, similar to the Standups page
  • Josh has set up a new system to store documents that will link to Confluence pages, but allow us to keep space-consuming presentations, pdf and Word files in a separate document repository.  This will keep Confluence performance up and ensure easy access to Workgroup documents - and allow us to archive key documents still posted in the documents tab for WG pages at  You'll learn more about this soon.
  • We'll be setting up a demo of the new, improved FHIR Registry with advanced search features for FHIR IGs and profiles before the WGM.  Stay tuned for details.

As you can see, many things are in progress, with more to come.   Stay tuned for further details as we move closer to the September WGM.

March 2020 CTO Tooling Update

A lot has happened since our last update, and the world is changing before our eyes in the face of a pandemic.  I have sent out some recent emails and posted a general tooling update on The Standard that summarizes recent developments with introducing Zoom, merging our chat streams, and other activities to continue our simplification initiative throughout HL7.  This blog post also discusses our plans to implement UTG this spring and expand rollout of JIRA for all issue tracking and eventually to support balloting.  While our transition to Confluence is now complete, we're still working to relocate a few more Wikis, and new pages have been created to support tooling activities (like use of Zoom) as well as to collect useful information relevant to HL7's response to the COVID-19 crisis. Confluence continues to be our source of truth, with new reference sites like the FHIR Accelerator Reference Page and new Co-Chair Handbook.  

We'll continue to be providing additional tools, tips sheets and training materials to help you make the most of your precious time with HL7.

November 2019 CTO Tooling Update

JIRA Updates:

As promised, we have now scheduled the migration of FHIR tracker items from GForge to JIRA for this coming weekend, November 15-17. We expect to be using JIRA exclusively for FHIR tracking tickets by Monday, Nov. 18.  

To ensure that we migrate all Tracker items to JIRA, FHIR GForge Tracker will be locked to read-only at precisely 8pm EST on Friday, November 15 - no one will be able to enter or update FHIR tracker items in GForge after that time so we can ensure all content is migrated to JIRA.  

For those of you who are new to JIRA, a set of brief webinars on the basics of using JIRA have been posted at .  We believe you’ll find JIRA to be intuitive and natural, but we’ll be adding additional documentation and tips over time to this page to help improve your experience.  

In the future, all HL7 work groups and projects will be expected to use JIRA as our standard issue tracking tool. We will not be supporting use of GitHub tracking, so any projects using that are advised to begin transitioning to JIRA.  Once the FHIR migration is completed, we’ll be getting in touch with other WGs to complete migration of any remaining GForge Tracker items.  

So this is an exciting milestone in our quest for improved tooling at HL7.  I’d like to especially thank Lloyd McKenzie and the JIRACon team (Lorraine Constable, Jean and Marc Duteau, Josh Procious, David Johnson and Patrick Lloyd  in particular) for making this migration possible.  And thanks to those of you who cleared up your remaining Tracker items in time to allow this to proceed as planned.

September 2019 CTO Tooling Update


  • A Working Group Meeting Information page is now available for the Atlanta WGM and will be updated for all future WGMs.  This includes links to individual WG agendas as well as other general information (such as eb Seaid to first-timers).  This page is consistent with the EventMobi app.
  • The Confluence and JIRA apps are being migrated to Amazon Web Services cloud hosting, which will improve availability and scalability.
  • Testing of JIRA to replace Tracker has been successfully completed.  The TSC will soon release plans for migrating issue tracking from Tracker to JIRA later this year.
  • Additional spaces have been recently defined for several new Accelerator projects and other initiatives. 
  • Remember to check for other news updates.

June 2019 CTO Tooling Update


  • Single Sign On (SSO) between Confluence and Jira has been established. This will remove the need to log in twice when navigating between the two sites. This is facilitated by Atlassian's Crowd user management software.

March 2019 CTO Tooling Update


  • All work groups have now been migrated to Confluence, and additional spaces have also been created for several other projects, committees and collaborations – Confluence is now the official single source of truth platform for HL7 standards development activities and operations.
  • Confluence Upgraded to 6.14.1
    • Upgraded Search Function. Full site content index to include attachments. (big improvement)
    • Quick refine search results
    • Editing improvements. Cursor functionality patch and importing/copying/pasting while in edit mode smoothing. (likely will solve a lot of issues people are having where they paste something on a page and disappears).
  • Page layout improvements have been implemented and a listing of major spaces is now available at a reorganized
  • A new set of FAQs and additional how-to articles are also available under HL7 Documentation and Help.
  • Work is underway to create a style guide to help users design their pages with less irritation and more consistency, so a visit to a new WG is less like a trip to a foreign country
  • And additional new webinarshave  have been added to the Help library, with tips on page layout, autoconvert, and sharing among other things.