Mi-Co has joined Health Level Seven (HL7) as an organizational member to work on establishing and enhancing standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information.

“With Mi-Co’s growing list of health care customers, it is imperative that we participate in the leading organizations in this industry segment and Health Level Seven is certainly a key one for us,” said Greg Clary, chief technology officer at Mi-Co.

Clary said that Chris DiPierro, HL7 project director for Mi-Co in RTP, will be leading the company’s efforts in this area.

“As a standards developing organization, part of HL7’s goal is to create flexible, cost effective approaches for interoperability between healthcare information systems,” said DiPierro. “This maps directly to our goals at Mi-Co, to provide cost effective, enterprise solutions to our customers that enhance current data capture and information sharing solutions.”

Currently, Mi-Co has its HL7 specifications in review and plans to have its next set of revisions available in the first quarter of 2004.

Additionally, DiPierro says Mi-Co is “very excited” about the HL7 educational summit that is being held in Las Vegas in early November.

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HL7: www.hl7.org