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Survey Request: Digital Health Interoperability experiences to inform Health Data Collaborative and HL7

By Garrett Mehl | 01 May, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Attached is a short survey focused on understanding your experiences (including challenges) with interoperability standards – including Health Level Seven’s (HL7) FHIR® and others –  in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), as critical connectors.  Highlights from this survey will inform a May 2017 Health Data Collaborative (HDC) - HL7 discussion in Madrid, Spain and will be shared back with you.


The survey should take no more than 7 minutes of your valuable time.

To ensure your responses inform the meeting, please complete the survey by Thursday 4 May, 2017.

Information sharing in our ever-evolving digital health field is critical to leveraging lessons learned and creating helpful resources that address current needs.  Healthcare interoperability is an increasingly vital global good and a very fertile area of digital health activity. As countries expand their investments into different systems, and become aware of the need for such systems to communicate with one another, they inevitably begin to consider questions of how to effectively achieve interoperability.

The Health Data Collaborative has a Working Group on Digital Health and Interoperability (HDC DH&I WG), which is a multi-stakeholder initiative focused on the development and support to the use of digital global goods that support countries' needs for improved data and measurement to achieve the health specific UN Sustainable Development Goals. The HDC DH&I WG considers investments into mature digital solutions that support open standards-based interoperability, critical to the country successes in adopting digital.  Interoperability standards including those developed by HL7, are important to these goals.  Health Level Seven (HL7) is a standards development organization (SDO) that creates global standards and tools enabling effective exchange of health and related data.

Please forward this email to colleagues who have knowledge and experience with healthcare and interoperability standards, and deploying digital health systems.

Your responses are appreciated and will be very valuable in informing the approaches taken by the HDC DH&I WG as well as HL7.

Thank you again.

on behalf of the Health Data Collaborative Working Group on Digital Health and Interoperability

Garrett Mehl, PhD, MHS
Scientist, Digital Health Research
Department of Reproductive Health and Research, includes
HRP - the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research in Human Reproduction
World Health Organization
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Geneva 1211
+41 22 791 4915
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Garrett Mehl Replied at 4:50 PM, 3 May 2017

We have had an terrifically encouraging response so far, and I want to thank all of those who have already completed the short questionnaire on experiences with interoperability standards in LMICs.

We have decided to extend the deadline and will continue to be accepting responses to the survey for the next couple of days to ensure that everyone who wishes to submit responses is able to.

Please find a link to the short survey.


Your responses will be helpful for the ongoing Health Data Collaborative.

Thanks again,


SIMPA DANIA Replied at 4:01 AM, 24 Dec 2017

Hi, Please is it possible for you to share the summary result of this survey? Thanks

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