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Welcome to the Accelerator Home page!

This is the place to rind find information about HL7 and HL7 processes that are relevant to Accelerator Programs. In many places you will see items that will take you to key documents across the Health Level Seven International (HL7) Systems. This page has Quick Links on the right of the screen and in this area, links are in bolded, underlined and in blue.

Nothing is more confusing than listening to a conversation that is using language you do not understand. HL7 is a acronym rich environment, even the name HL7 is an acronym! Many of the acronyms at HL7 are designed to be pronounceable, take FHIR as an example. Listening in on a conversation at HL7 seems very complicated even if they are speaking in english, the language that has been established as the default for debate at all events. For that reason, we recommend printing out the HL7 Glossary of terms. Many people new to HL7 keep a copy of the terms beside them as they are on conference calls as a reference until they are familiar with the terms. 

To the right of the screen are some quick links to help you get started. Below is a list of items to help get you started:

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Supporting the ANSI Certification Processes

The diagram below provides a high-level process for HL7 project management.  You can get to a checklist for each process by clicking on the individual box. The key steps have been developed into a checklist in Accelerator Project Start Checklist.It is recommended that this be extracted and printed so that your team can track the progress of your project. 


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Despite all the tools available above and below, if something does not make sense, reach out to your Designed Accelerator Coordinator or Work Group Co-chair. Co-chair emails can be found on HL7.org under resources, under Work Groups, and then the Work Groups are organized alphabetically.

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HL7 Organizational Structure and Process

Below is a brief outline of the organizational structure of HL7 and a discussion of the processes used to elect people. HL7 is a non-profit volunteer lead organization (For more details about the board click here). Most members of the board are elected from membership. All roles are a two year term except the board chair as outlined in the HL7 Bylaws and the Governance and Operations Manual (GOM).

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 There are several pieces to the board including 2 members that are elected from the International Council to be their representatives. The Chair of the Technical Steering Committee is also a member. There are two advisory groups to the board, the HL7 Staff and the Advisory Council. The HL7 Staff provide the board information about the membership and receive direction from the board. The Advisory Council is made up of industry leaders providing strategy to the board regarding where they believe HL7 should focus on for the future.

The Technical Steering Committee membership is made up of the Co-Chairs of the Steering Divisions, the Co-Chairs of the Architecture Review Board (ARB), the HL7 CTO, and other members as defined by the GOM. In addition, the TSC receives direction from the ARB, Standards Governance Board (SGB) and the Management Review Board (MRB) on issues relating to Work Group activities and ballot artifacts. Only the ARB Co-Chairs are members of the TSC. The TSC directs to all three organizations policy and procedure requirements that they enforce as part of their charters. The US Realm Steering Committee mission is to provide the US Realm technical direction to the HL7 International organization to achieve the vision of creating the best and most widely used standards in US healthcare.  Below is a high-level diagram of the TSC Structure and related organizations.

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 A list of the Work Groups within the four Steering Divisions can be found here. The Administrative Steering Division focuses on the creation of basic patterns and common messages, including knowledge representation and access, that are used to convey domain specific content.

The Clinical Steering Division mission is to define the requirements and solutions to support the needs for communicating information related to the creation, management, execution and quality of messages, services, resources and documents. 

The Infrastructure Steering Division focuses on providing the fundamental tools and building blocks that other Work Groups should use to build the standards, and upon the technology infrastructure that implementers of HL7 standards must manage. 

The Organizational Support Steering Division mission is to develop projects and products providing direct support to the work groups, thereby enabling them to function efficiently. 

The Standards Governance Board establishes the precepts (rules) that management and methodology groups apply as operational instructions across domains within the scope of the Technical Steering Committee (TSC). These precepts provide the basis for consistency across product families and product lines when used to define the creation, maintenance and balloting of standards products, while supporting organizational strategic goals and vision.

The Product Management Groups are broken up into individual product families and the one you are most interested in is the FHIR Management Group. Their focus is the provides day-to-day oversight of FHIR-related work group activities including performing quality analysis, monitoring scope and consistency with FHIR principles and aiding in the resolution of FHIR-related intra and inter-work group issues. 

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Below are links to items referenced above.

FHIR Accelerator - HL7 Board Details






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