Hi, need to submit a 1250 words paper on the topic Health Level Seven International Letter. First, I will present background information as to why these changes are so necessary. . President Bush signed Executive Order 13335 in 2004, mandating that Electronic Health Records (EHR) will be in place nationwide within ten years. . Congress went a step farther, creating the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), and President Obama signed it into law. . The act extended the deadline to 2015, but that is only two years away. . After that, health facilities such as Toledo stand to lose millions of dollars in federal Medicare and Medicaid monies if they do not comply. . All would agree that it would be a severe financial blow to our center. . Fortunately, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has created the HIT coordinator to help us navigate the seemingly complex maze of regulations (HHS, 2013).
. . . . . . . . . . . There is a nonprofit organization called Health Level Seven (HL7), which has developed a series of standards generally accepted by both the health community and HHS. Toledo intends to comply with HL7 initiatives. Yet Core point points out that HL7 is a “non-standard standard” (2009), meaning that as no two snowflakes are alike, neither are any two healthcare facilities the same. . The main point is that Toledo complies with the laws within the specified timeframe, and conformity with HL7 standards will ensure this occurs.
. . . . . . . . . . . Much time and money have been spent developing the software currently utilized by Toledo’s various departments, and I do not intend to dismantle any of their operations. Instead, I recommend that we purchase new hardware that can accommodate all of the departments’ current software systems. . Interfaces consider the lack of interchange between clinics and are commercially available, improving communication and interoperability. . That is where HL7 comes into play. . Without it, my staff and I would be forced to create said interface from scratch, a costly and time-consuming process. . Fortunately, HL7 V2 brought together software vendors and informatics specialists, such as me, to make displayed commercial products. . Although V3 has largely superseded V2 in Europe, it will be some years before that happens in the United States, so that Toledo will concentrate on V2 compliance.