Standards development organization Health Level Seven International, effective April 1, soon will execute on a promise in September 2012 to make much of its intellectual property available via a free license.

The free property includes all published standards, domain analysis models, profiles and implementation guides. HL7 also will make free other select intellectual property, such as implementation tools, determined on a case-by-case basis. The intellectual property will not be licensed on the open source market, under which other developers may make enhancements. The freely available property means the content must be licensed for use but the license is free.

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