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This project aims at providing a roadmap and implementation guidance for the adoption and the development of localised solutions based on the HL7 v2, CDA and FHIR standards. 

The purpose of the roadmap is to outline the current implementation approaches for the three technical approaches of HL7 v2, HL7 CDA, and HL7 FHIR along with a projection of their use into the future. This roadmap is the product of an inclusive conversation amongst stakeholders within these platform domains (or product families in the HL7 speak) to capture the discussion that regularly transpires when one is explaining the current and future states of these technologies to other colleagues within e-health.

Such a roadmap would assist decision makers in digital health projects and organisations facing the problem of how to support the future investments in solutions based on these standards, while taking into account their existing and past investments. These decisions may be within the scope of a specific product family, such as HL7 V2 product family, and various versions of it, or across product families, such as in the context of the impact of FHIR product family on the CDA and V2 products and solutions.

A guidance is a type of informative document that describes principles, best practices, and general advice but is not directly related to implementation of one or more specifications. It is intended for those stakeholders faced with the problem of developing localised solutions based on the existing Australian standards, or simply the adoption of these standards, including support for conformity assurance processes, while taking into account capabilities available by different vendor offerings.

Note that 'implementation guidance' in this document is distinct from the usual term of HL7 Implementation Guide, which is meant to apply to the application of a particular standard such as CDA specification for a specific domain, e.g. Shared Health Summary CDA Implementation Guide published by NEHTA. 

Ideally, this document should be updated regularly, say at 3 year periods to reflect new implementation approaches and decisions.

While the focus of this project is on Australian usage or planned usage of these product families, where necessary, this project includes relevant information from HL7 International.



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