HL7 in Europe: Norway
Year of establishment
Number of members
Organizational members: 43 Individual members: 2 Student members: 1
Line Andreassen Saele
Line works as a Chief Consultant, Enterprise Architecture in TietoEVRY. She has a Master of Science from Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Line has been the chair of HL7 Norway since 2014, and she is also very active in the international work, serving as the co-chair of the International Council as well as Patient Administrative Work Group. She has been the Affiliate Director in the board of HL7 International from 2018-2019.
Technical Lead and working groups
Oeyvind Aassve is working as an Enterprise architect at the Directorate of e-health leads the TSC in Norway.
Some highlights and major achievements - since establishment
Norway has been an early adapter of FHIR. We are receiving good feedback from the government and the vendors on our work on basis resources as well as profiling.
HL7 v3 was the first standard of HL7 in Norway, and we have some very successful national implementation guides on Patient Administration Messaging. When FHIR started to emerge, both the government (Department of ehealth, Norway) and several vendors was very optimistic and could see great potential in the new standard. Norway was one of the first that implemented FHIR in production, already in 2015.
Our annual meeting is always connected with a tutorial or sharing of experience from users. The attendance is always good.
HL7 Norway continues to attract new members, approximately 1-2 pr. Year.
Our chair, Line A Saele, has been invited to be a part of the Standardization Collaboration (run by the Department of ehealth).
HL7 Netherlands is one of the earliest members of SDO NL, the cooperation between fifteen standard development organizations in The Netherlands. SDO NL has an experts community that advises the IT-government board of the Dutch Ministry of Health. Because of the FHIR API becoming popular, the HL7 delegation is involved in almost all current projects at the government. Furthermore, HL7 Netherlands is used as input source to the Informatieberaad, a policy making club from the healthcare field organized by the government. Last but not least, HL7 Netherlands has contacts with dozens of non-profit organizations in healthcare, like the patients federation, the doctors federation, the Dutch CMIO club, the BI-center of the payers, the producers of the medical thesaurus Dutch Hospital Data and the producers of the medication thesaurus Z-Index.
Plans for the future
We will continue our support for the community on FHIR. Our goal is to have several national approved profiles on FHIR the next years. To maintain the interest of using the same profiles, and thus gaining full advantage of using FHIR, we will work to connect the community and increase the awareness of the standard.