The company we keep
I am so proud of healthcare interoperability expert, and my Infor colleague, Corey Spears, for being named an HL7 Fellow in October 2018. Why is this important? The designation recognizes Corey’s leadership in furthering the standards for healthcare data interoperability. Specifically, this honor is for his commitment to participating in HL7, which stands for Health Level Seven International, a not-for-profit, ANSI-accredited standards development organization.
And while that sounds very technical, the work of HL7 ultimately supports something we can all relate to—better patient care and outcomes. It does so by providing a framework for exchange, and sharing and retrieval of healthcare data, and is the impetus for the ever-growing implementation of the EHR across the care continuum.
The HL7 Fellows Program recognizes Corey’s contributions to HL7 over 15 years. Over that time, Corey, and all of us, have seen a lot of advancements and innovations in interoperability standards. It takes a significant amount of dedication and engagement with HL7 to develop quality and in-demand standards. Being named a fellow demonstrates that commitment through an official recognition by the HL7 organization itself, which requires a significant time commitment by attending several HL7 meetings, participating in meetings, the ballot process, and general work on specifications each year.
During Corey’s time with HL7, he has seen the rapid evolution of its work. Most recently he has focused on the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard, which the Infor Cloverleaf Integration Suite has built in it, as well as supporting applications such as Infor FHIR Bridge. In the past he has been engaged in a range of projects, including EHR Functional Model, HL7 v2, and CDA implementation guides.
Corey’s fellowship is also important because he finds himself in some prestigious company, and has been selected from an impressive talent pool. HL7, founded in 1987, includes more than 1,600 members from over 50 countries, including 500+ corporate members representing healthcare providers, government stakeholders, payers, pharmaceutical companies, vendors, suppliers, and consulting firms.
And while this achievement celebrates Corey’s accomplishments today, we look forward to seeing what the future holds. Congratulations, Corey! Click here for more information about the HL7 Fellows program.