Standards development organization Health Level Seven International in September 2012 pledged to offer much of its intellectual property via a free license, and that property now is available, effective April 1.

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, on a case-by-case basis. The intellectual property will not be licensed on the open source market, under which 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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