HL7 in Europe: Belgium






Year of establishment


Number of members

Approximately 20 members from industry, hospitals, government

Current Chair

Jose Teixeira

Josť Costa Teixeira: Working in healthcare since 2001 and living in Belgium since 2009 - and being an active contributor to SDOs like HL7, IHE, ISO, DICOM... since that same year, Josť has been a promoter of standardization in healthcare (in Belgium and other countries), using a rapid and early adoption of standards.

Technical Lead and working groups

Technical Leads are Robin Bosman, Karlien Erauw and Josť Costa Teixeira. Currently HL7 Belgium organizes the following working groups: Medication; Referral prescription; Security; Validation.

Some highlights and major achievements - since establishment

Cooperation with government institutions

  • Several government institutions have been pushing for standardization and were decisive in the formation and launch of HL7 Belgium: eHealth, VAZG, RIZIV/INAMI, RSW. Since the formation of the standardization groups, the number of projects and companies joining HL7 discussions - to join the work, to launch new projects or simply to check some ideas - is growing. HL7 is getting recognition as a support group where experts collaborate around a topic and produce normative or informative content. The Belgian eHealth Architecture Work Group and other recognized groups are partnering with HL7 for several initiatives.
  • We have successfully agreed on a collaboration process between HL7 Belgium and the different organizations for standardization using FHIR - from proposal to legal acceptance.

Project Highlights

  • Several projects: eHealth Federal platform - core BE FHIR profiles, VAZG (Flemish Agency for care and health) - DZOP (Digital Care and Support platform). RIZIV/INAMI - Several projects to enhance the current interoperability architecture. While these are emerging projects, the Belgian initiatives have resulted in a good engagement with the international community and a great uptake domestically.

Events, e.g. IHIC

  • Organization of a Projectathon / Plugathon (scheduled for March 2020, delayed for safety reasons)
  • Several training events
  • Several weekly meetings.
  • Participation in DevDays and Connectathon

What are the plans for the future?

  • HL7 Belgium wants to be recognized as a work partner that can provide advice and accelerate standardization and consequently improve time to market and safety of connected health systems.
  • Tactically, we want to: Grow and sustain the HL7 implementer community; Gather healthcare standardization efforts; continue to affirm the role of an open, independent group like HL7 Belgium. Contribute to the FHIR community and make Belgium FHIR adoption a good showcase for rapid and good adoption of a new standard.
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