New version of the HL7 messaging standard passed

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Standard developing organization Health Level Seven (HL7) announces a new version of its HL7 messaging Standard, v.2.5.

The edition stems from version 2 - the Application Protocol for Electronic Data Exchange in Healthcare Environments - the standard for communicating clinical data supported by major medical informatics systems nationwide.

 The new modifications include improved documentation of the data types, the definition of a message profile methodology, better support for imaging by means of a new segment and a new order message, a new message that supports diagnoses/procedure messages in 'update' mode and a new specification of claims and reimbursement messages.

 For additional information on the standard, visit the organization's Web site at www.HL7.org.