Origin and importance of the HL7 standard for Health Information
The American Donald W. Simborg was the creator of the level 7 protocol (in 1977), which later ended up being transformed into the HL7 standard.
Donald was involved in the development of departmental systems based on minicomputers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MA, and programmed in a language called APL. Later, he continued to develop systems at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and it was around that time that he started using a LAN network to interconnect his various applications in a hospital and therefore had the need to use the first standard protocol , used in healthcare.
He then founded a company (Simborg Systems) that sold a LAN-based solution, using an extended version of the original protocol he developed at UCSF. Simborg Systems then decided to open its level 7 protocol, and organized the first meeting on what would become HL7, in March 1987.
Today, HL7 is a non-profit standards development organization, dedicated to providing a comprehensive framework of international protocols for exchanging electronic data related to the exchange, integration, sharing and retrieval of information in all healthcare environments, integrating information of a clinical and administrative nature.
This initiative is in line with the growing concern, in the area of Health and Information Technology, of seeking solutions that can integrate the various health information systems in a transparent and flexible way.