Number of Days

2 days, 09:30-17:00.  Your instructor is available during lunch and after 17:00 for informal discussions about your specific area of interest or applications.

Attendee feedback

“I recently attended HL7 UK’s two day training course on the Interoperability Toolkit and I’d strongly recommend it to anyone working in the field of healthcare integration. In Rene Spronk, HL7 have secured a course presenter of global standing in this field and reflecting the breadth of his knowledge, the course ranges widely over the HL7 and IHE and roots of the ITK. In fact I’d say the course is worth attending just for that (though knowledge of HL7 v2 is assumed). Moreover, even if you think that ITK has no relevance to you, I’d suggest you attend if only to challenge your preconceptions. I think you might be surprised, as I was, at the potential scope of ITK, which is now a very substantial and pretty impressive body of work. The biggest challenge is in fact finding your way around the documentation and this is something the course specifically focuses on. The IT strategy of every NHS organisation of any size should reference the ITK in some degree. If you’re in any doubt about how you would do that, I recommend that you attend this course” David Bowen – EPR Programme Manager Great Ormond Street Hospital, Jan 2012

“I found the ITK training course to be very informative; enabling me to far better understand the architecture of the ITK and make better use of the materials available. I now feel that Amor Group can progress a strategy towards accreditation bringing a number of advantages to us. I would recommend this course to anyone who is about to embark on implementing of the ITK.” Tim Davies, System Architect, Amor Group

Who should attend?

This training course is aimed at NHS users/trusts and vendors, i.e. those that need to implement ITK, and/or those that intend to bid as a response to the NHS calls for project funding.

Goals of the training course

Upon completion of this training course, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the key components of the ITK.
  • Use the documentation to locate relevant content, and be able locate the associated NHS e-learning materials.
  • Create a bid in response to the NHS’s calls for project funding.
  • Prepare for the implementation of the ITK.


  • The attendees are assumed to have a working knowledge of HL7 version 2 (see companion course details).
  • Attendees must bring a laptop.
  • All attendees must download the ITK prior to the course onto their laptop. You are referred to TRUD
  • Knowledge of HL7 version 3 (and CDA) is not required, this training course will briefly cover the core elements of the HL7 version 3 standard.


  • HL7 version 3 introduction and overview – preparation to understand CDA (2 hours)
  • Overview and introduction of the ITK
    • History of the ITK and its role in terms of providing local interoperability
    • ITK organisational aspects
    • Role of the ITK (and IHE/HL7) in supporting trust workflows
  • Patient identity management and demographics
    • Overall view on demographics requirements/workflows, IHE PIX/PDQ profiles
    • HL7 version 2 messages as used by PAS/MPI, notifications and queries
    • HL7 version 3 based ITK Mini Services, mapping to HL7 version 2
  • Finding your way around the documentation
    • Structure of the documentation, walkthrough
    • Exercise
  • Infrastructure
    • Core architecture
    • The ITK messaging stack (Transport, Distribution Envelope, Payload)
    • The end-to-end infrastructure acknowledgement framework
  • Correspondence
    • Overall view on e-Document/correspondence requirements/workflows, IHE XDS profile
    • Generic overview of CDA and greenCDA
    • ITK CDA implementation guides
    • Infrastructure: ITK “SendDocument” message
  • Conformance and Accreditation
    • HL7 conformance testing
    • Testbench and other conformance testing tools
    • General principles of the accreditation process

Course Materials

Each participant will be provided with handouts containing all materials covered in the training as well as other support materials.

Course Tutor

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

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