HL7 in Europe: Austria




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Year of establishment


Number of members

112 members.

Current Chair

Stefan Sabutsch

Dr. Stefan Sabutsch has been working for ELGA GmbH since 2010. As team leader for the area "Standards & Usability", the focus of his work is on standards for documents, interoperability and terminologies in ELGA as well as questions of usability.

Dr. Sabutsch is a certified HL7 CDA specialist, and since 2007 he is the chairperson of the standardization organization HL7 Austria, since 2018 also chairperson of the DICOM user group Austria. As part of his standardization activities, he heads the Austrian Interoperability Forum.

Sabutsch has been working in medical IT since 1997, e.g. as product manager for laboratory, pathology and cardiology information systems. In 2000 he became branch manager Graz at Agfa HealthCare. From 2005 to 2010 he held a professorship for "Medical Information Systems and Databases" in the course of studies "e-Health / Health Care Engineering" at the University of Appliend Sciences Joanneum in Graz, Austria.

Stefan Sabutsch came into contact with medical IT via his dissertation on a topic of emergency medicine. Previously, his studies of biology/zoology at the Karl-Franzens-University in Graz focused on neurobiology.

Technical Lead and working groups

TC Chair: Prof. DI Alexander Mense
TC FHIR: DI Reinhard Egelkraut
TC Education: Oliver Krauss
TC CDA & Terminology: Dr. Stefan Sabutsch

Some highlights and major achievements - since establishment

Memorandum of Understanding between the Austrian branches of IHE, DICOM, GS1 and "Austrian Standards International" (the Austrian member of CEN and ISO)
Close collaboration with DICOM Austria

Cooperation with government institutions

Yes, with ELGA - the national Electronic Health Record agency

Project Highlights

Publication of 15 CDA Implementation Guides for the national EHR
6 national V2 Standards

Events, e.g. IHIC

  • Annual Meetings since 2009 (2019: 3 day with >120 attendants)
  • IHIC 2012 in Vienna
  • e-Learning courses since 2011
  • education events to special topics
  • Austrian Interoperability Forum 3 p.a.
  • Student Awards, annual since 2013 https://hl7.at/home/hl7-student-award/

Plans for the future?

Publication of FHIR IGs Presentation of "Awards for Excellence"

German Competence Network eHealth Standards
HL7 Experts Network
Useful Links
Detailed Clinical Information Models
HL7 World-Wide
HL7 International