Each of the systems – Radiology Information System (RIS), Lab Information System (LIS), Hospital Information System (HIS), Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Electronic Medical Record (EMR) communicate with each other in different languages. Increased number of healthcare applications and the necessity of centralized electronic health record drive the requirement for the universal language among the applications. To solve this issue, HL7 was introduced as the single, flexible and universal standard of communication in 1987. This article summarizes the importance and steps involved in a successful HL7 integration.
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