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Internationally, a number of groups are working to overcome the challenges of the shared EHR.
Such groups include:
- HL7 - an international standards development organisation responsible for the HL7
V3 standard including a foundation reference information model (HL7 V3 RIM) as well as the
clinical document architecture and templates.
- openEHR -
OpenEHR is involved in technical activities such as requirements, architecture and implementation projects. openEHR is also involved in clinical activities such as vocabularies and terminology, archetypes and templates, educational and standards activities.
- the european committee for standardisation. The European health informatics committee
(otherwise known as CEN/TC 251) is defining and revising a five part
EHR communication standard.
The efforts of CEN, HL7, openEHR and others represent parallel efforts to define shared EHR standards.
Harmonisation of these different approaches is gradually occurring and will help reduce the complexity
of shared EHR implementations.