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HL7 Version 3 Training

A 2 day training course providing an overview of the HL7 Version 3 standard. The NHS Interoperability Toolkit (ITK) is based upon HL7 Version 2 and Version 3 which are already widely used within the NHS.


None Scheduled at present



Who should attend?

This is a 2-day training course which is aimed at helping those involved with the design, development, implementation, deployment and support of systems that use (or will use) the HL7 Version 3 standard.

It is an ideal course for those needing to know about HL7 Version 3. HL7 Version 3 (and CDA) play a role in the exchange of data between organizations. An example is the English National Programme for IT / Connecting for Health.

After attending you will have a strong understanding and knowledge of the HL7 Version 3 standard, how it is used and why HL7 Version 3 is important.


The course offers an introduction to the HL7 Version 3 standard, designed for those who need to implement it or understand how it will impact their system integration strategy.


  • Introduction
  • Historical perspective
  • Foundation: The HL7 Development Framework (HDF)
    • Reference Information Model (RIM)
    • Data Types, Data Type flavours
    • The refinement process: from RIM to R-MIM and CMETs
    • Interactions, Application Roles and Trigger Events
    • XML ITS
  • The HL7 version 3 publication
    • An Overview of the HL7 domains
  • Vocabularies and Terminologies (e.g. SNOMED)
  • Use of ISO OIDs
  • Example domains, with examples
    • Domain: Patient Administration
    • Domain: Observation Reporting and Order Entry
    • Domain: Message wrappers
  • Clinical Statements and Templates
  • Clinical Document Architecture - CDA
  • Localization + NPfIT MiM
  • Summary


  • A basic understanding of healthcare IT systems and the requirements for integration.
  • Basic knowledge of data modelling and XML are required. 
  • Knowledge of HL7 v2 is not required.
  • Students should have a notebook PC as a) documentation will be provided in electronic form, and b) exercises include PC based work on sample messages.
    • The HL7 version 3 standard is published in HTML. The HTML (unfortunately) uses case insensitive URLs, which effectively means one has to use a Windows based web browser. If you're using an open source OS or a Mac, please ensure that you have the proper VM software installed to allow Windows based web browsing.

Introductory Reading Materials:

In order to prepare for the training course the Course Tutor suggests that trainees may want to read the documentation below. If you have prior knowledge of healthcare processes, UML and/or healthcare IT you can probably skip most of them.

Course Tutor:

René Spronk, HL7/IHE/DICOM Trainer, Ringholm.

o René has been providing both HL7 version 2 as well as HL7 version 3 training all around Europe since 2001. He has first hand experience in implementing HL7 version 2 as well as HL7 version 3 interfaces

Other tutors may be present should the number of trainees be larger than 20.

Delegate fees:

  • Standard £1075+VAT
  • HL7 UK member £965+VAT
  • NHS Trust employee £965+VAT
  • NHS trust employee and HL7 UK member £750+VAT

Fees cover course materials, lunch and refreshments. All fees subject to 20% VAT. 

Terms and Conditions

Please read the Terms and Conditions.

For any queries please email Juliet Henham at training@hl7.org.uk.

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Union Jack Club, London
Sandell Street, London, SE1 8UJ (map)

The nearest underground station is Waterloo on the Northern Line. Exit through the mainline station, Exit No 2

The Union Jack Club offers good quality accommodation at reasonable rates. As it is a private members club you will need to let Reservations know you are attending the HL7 UK training to be eligible for the Temporary Honorary members Rate. Call the Reservation Office on 020 7902 6000. Rooms are subject to availability, so it is advised to book early.

Last modified 29/04/13