Clinical messaging standards development organization Health Level Seven International will offer some of its domain analysis models and functional models, which are early processes integral to making standards, for free during a pilot project. It is the first time the organization has made such an offer.

A domain analysis model is the first step in creating an HL7 standard for a specific care or research environment. “The domain analysis process produces documentation describing the stakeholders, activities, interactions and information for a particular domain and serves as the source of requirements used in the design of HL7 standards,” according to the organization. The purpose of a domain analysis model is to understand what types of messages will be required in particular situations, says Don Lloyd, director of technical publications at HL7.

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