HL7 Release New Tool for Reviewing CDA Templates

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Health Level Seven International (HL7), the global authority for interoperability and standards in healthcare information technology with members in 55 countries, today announced the release of the Trifolia Workbench, HL7 Web Edition. Trifolia Workbench supports standards authors, developers and implementers in reviewing HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) templates. It contains the full set of CDA templates balloted through the HL7, including the HL7/IHE Health Story Consolidation Project, which harmonized health information exchange specifications for meaningful use of EHR technology including the HL7 Continuity of Care Document (CCD) and the Health Story implementation guides for Discharge Summary and other types of common clinical documents. The tool will help developers and implementers localize and publish CDA templates.

Trifolia Workbench, HL7 Web Edition features:

· Template Repository: A centralized database for CDA template management

· Structured Template Tool: Review HL7 CDA templates

· HL7 CDA Templates: Clinical templates from the HL7/IHE Health Story Consolidation Project

· Publishing Tool: Export templates via Microsoft Word and HTML to share within and outside your organization

· Documentation: Web-based user guide

The Trifolia Workbench was developed by Lantana Consulting Group and offered to HL7 as a resource to support adoption of the HL7/IHE Health Story Consolidation Project, referenced in requirements in the U.S. for Stage 2 Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records systems. The Trifolia logical model is open source so that implementers can use it to develop general templates and reference libraries. “We are excited to offer this release of Trifolia Workbench to HL7 members,” said Rick Geimer, Chief Technology Officer, Lantana Consulting Group. “Our hope is that this release provides the informatics community with a useful tool for developing CDA templates.”

“HL7 is pleased to collaborate with Lantana Consulting Group on the Trifolia Workbench. In addition to most of our tools that are focused on developing, balloting and publishing our standards, we are very interested in adopting tools that make our standards easier to use and implement. Our users have frequently expressed interest in having access to existing and tried CDA templates,” said HL7 International CTO, John Quinn.

In addition to Consolidation, the release also includes balloted templates for Healthcare Associated Infection Reports for the National Healthcare Safety Network, the Neonatal Care Report, Public Health Case Report and the Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) Category I.

Early versions of the Trifolia Workbench have been used and refined by Lantana Group with clients such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Child Health Corporation of America. It is one of several emerging tools addressing simplification of standards implementation. It is available to HL7 members for complimentary access through trifolia.lantanagroup.com.

About Health Level Seven International (HL7)
Founded in 1987, Health Level Seven International is the global authority for healthcare information interoperability and standards with affiliates established in more than 30 countries. HL7 is a non-profit, ANSI accredited standards development 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 2,300 members represent approximately 500 corporate members, which include more than 90 percent of the information systems vendors serving healthcare. HL7 collaborates with other standards developers and provider, payer, philanthropic and government agencies at the highest levels to ensure the development of comprehensive and reliable standards and successful interoperability efforts.

Lantana Consulting Group provides services and software for standards-based health information exchange. Lantana Group’s client list includes Fortune 100 companies and organizations in the public and private sectors, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Cancer Institute and the National Quality Forum. www.lantanagroup.com