Update the learning module (to support a HI course) on HL7 Version 3 and the HL7 Development Framework
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The Internship work included development of new learning modules and files and updating of the existing learning modules and files of the “Introduction to HL7” part of the home page of http://healthinfo.med.dal.ca. The work was very interesting and informative to work on. Focus: The focus of the above was to develop a learning module about HL7 V3, which is simple and easy for HL7 learners at an introductory level. Plan and Objective: The plan was made as to how the author, as a MHI (Master of Health Informatics) student, would learn and understand basic HL7 concepts at an introductory level. And later apply similar methods to develop the ‘sequence of learning’ to fellow MHI students. Highlights: The work was mainly focused on developing a learning module which consists of the following sections: Introduction, Learning Objectives, Getting Started with HL7 V3, HL7 Development Framework (HDF), Navigating the Artifacts and Clinical Scenario to use HDF. Mission accomplishment and Key to success: As the internship work was on a very important topic, as HL7 V3, which is a vital part of the health information standards, in the present world, it was very well related to the topic of Health Informatics. This itself created an immense amount of interest to work on it, moving towards success in get it accomplished. HL7 V3, which is Health Level 7 Version 3 is an important concept of the EHR (Electronic Health records) standardizations. It is important for the interoperability of the electronic transfer of health information across various health information systems, across roads to across countries. With the Canada Health Infoway, working towards the Pan Canadian EHR implementation plan, this forms an even more important and interesting topic to learn and work, as a Health Informatic’s person. It was also an adjuvant opportunity to get the right guidance on the work, as it was performed at Medical Informatics of Dalhousie University, under the supervision of Dr. Grace Paterson, a Clinical Informatician and Asst. Prof. at the department. Risks: The main risk is the limited knowledge of the above voluminous topic put in the website learning module. The topic of HL7 V3 is very vast, with immense knowledge and information available on it, in electronic and textual forms. Hence depending on only this learning module to learn HL7 V3 completely is definitely not suggested. The learners are encouraged to read and learn more on the same from the various other electronic and textual sources freely available to get a strong hold on the topic of HL7 V3.