This course has been redeveloped specially for delivery over a videoconferencing service such as GoToMeeting or Zoom.  Attendees are welcome from the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The language of the course will be English.


Three 5-hour sessions on different days. Exact timings will be specified for each course.

Course overview

This course provides overview of the HL7 Version 2 standard with a focus on understanding it from an implementation perspective. HL7 version 2 is the main interoperability standard used to support workflows within a hospital setting. Knowledge of HL7 version 2 is effectively a requirement for all those interested in achieving systems interoperability in a healthcare setting.

Who should attend?

This training course is aimed at those that require an introduction to the HL7 Version 2 standards, designed for those who need to implement it, and for those that need to understand how it will impact their system integration strategy. It is a practical and hands-on 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 2 standard.

Learning goals

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

  • Understand the core components of the HL7 version 2 standard.
  • Find their way around the documentation.
  • Create, edit and troubleshoot HL7 messages.


Attendees should have some knowledge of data modelling and be familiar with processes in healthcare provider organizations.


  1. Historical Perspective
  2. Foundation: Dynamic models
    1. Trigger Events
    2. Message exchange paradigms
  3. Foundation: Static (content) models
    1. Abstract Message Structure, Fields, and Components
    2. Data Types
    3. Encoding Rules: Classic and XML syntax
    4. Z-Segments, Extensions to HL7
  4. An Overview of the version 2 documentation
  5. Profiles and localization
  6. Conformance and HL7 Tools
    1. Testing, programming APIs
    2. Commercial and Public Domain tools
  7. Use of HL7 version 2 in key domains
    1. Patient Registration Details
    2. Observation Reporting and Order Entry
  8. IHE
    1. IHE: process, profile development, Connectathon
    2. Radiology HL7 version 2 based workflow profiles (SWF, PIR)
    3. Laboratory HL7 version 2 based workflow profiles (LTW, POCT)
  9. Summary

Course Materials

Ringholm will provide each participant with handouts containing all materials covered in the training as well as other support materials. The participants will receive a copy of the HTML version of the latest HL7 v2.X standard.

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.
  • Ringholm bv is a group of European experts in the field of messaging standards and systems integration in healthcare IT.
  • Other tutors may be present should the number of trainees be larger than 20.

Terms and Conditions: Please read the Terms and Conditions.


£1095 (~€1195)

(All prices plus VAT where applicable
All invoices will be in GBP)

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