The following article is published on behalf of Donald T. Mon, PhD, Chair, HL7:
If you are going through an EHR system selection process, or would like to evaluate the capabilities of your current Electronic Health Record (EHR) system against industry standards, you should check out the HL7 International standard for EHR system functionality — officially labeled as the “HL7 EHR-System Functional Model.”
In 2007, a diverse workgroup within the HL7 data standards organization published an industry standard that defines what electronic health record systems should be able to do today, tomorrow, and in the future. Hundreds of providers and vendors participated in the project, which was ultimately accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
Vendors use the model as a guide and roadmap for the capabilities that should be included in their EHR products. Providers use it to help them articulate what they’d like their EHR systems to be able to do, as well as a resource for evaluating the capabilities of various EHR systems.
Over time, additional HL7 work groups have published similar and related guides or profiles for child healthcare, long term care, emergency services, behavioral health, pharmacy/pharmacist, and other domain areas that have unique requirements in how EHR systems are used in care delivery and management.
Donald T. Mon, PhD, Chair, HL7