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Anatomic Pathology Work Group

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Group Status

This Work Group has been dissolved (July 25, 2016) and rolled back into the Orders and Observations Work Group (OO) [1]. Anatomic Pathology is not currently meeting separately from OO.


The mission of the Anatomic Pathology WG is to develop and review implementation guides of HL7 standards and to enhance existing HL7 standards to support anatomic pathology use cases. It will work within HL7 as well as with external organizations to facilitate information interoperability in anatomic pathology, such as:

  • Tracking of anatomic pathology specimens
  • Structuring and coding of anatomic reports
  • Integrating and consolidating anatomic pathology data and other data into the medical record (e.g. integrated composite reports)
  • Ensuring consistency of anatomic pathology data and corresponding image association (includes both radiology and pathology imaging)
  • Reviewing previously defined terms that differ between organizations (e.g. What is a “specimen”)
  • Developing/reviewing value sets as needed (e.g. DICOM Specimen Embedding Media)
  • Collecting and sharing data from biorepositories/tissue banks


The basic charter of the Anatomic Pathology work group is to initially support the development and implementation of Version 2.x and CDA. Use cases and/or implementation guides brought to the group for review that include Version 3.0 will be addressed on an individual basis. Since the mission of the group is to review existing implementation guides/profiles and recommend changes as needed, as opposed to creating entirely new standard definitions, most work will focus on use case or organization specific needs.

Current Agenda for May 2016 WG Meeting


  • business icon - business
  • ballot reconciliation icon - ballot reconciliation
  • technical icon - technical
  • / = joint session
  • + = session with representatives of

Date Quarter Icon Event Chair Scribe Room
Monday Q1 No meeting
Q2 No meeting
Q3 No meeting
Q4 No meeting
Tuesday Q1 business icon Group business (DMP, project status, etc.)
Q2 technical icon IHE and DICOM updates and related projects (specimen, workflow)
Q3 technical icon Joint with CG (AP hosting), Joint projects around specimen mode, AP/molecular workflow, and IOM efforts
Q4 business icon Wrap-up, next steps
Wednesday Q1 No meeting
Q2 technical icon Joint with O&O
Q3 No meeting
Q4 No meeting
Thursday Q1 No meeting
Q2 No meeting
Q3 No meeting
Q4 No meeting
Friday Q1

No Meeting


No Meeting

Q3 No Meeting
Q4 No Meeting

Past Agendas

Agenda for San Diego, 2011

Agenda for San Antonio, 2012

Agenda for Vancouver, BC 2012

Agenda for Baltimore, 2012

Agenda for Scottsdale, January 2013

Agenda for Atlanta, May 2013

Temporary Contents

Files/Links for Review

Draft M&C v3 for review [2]

Draft minutes from latest conference call [3]

Sample APSR from HL7 Germany [4]

Companion text for the above APSR [5]

May 2104 WGM Minutes for Review [6]

JD's DICOM talk [7]

DICOM AP Workflows [8]

CAP Cancer Biomarker Project [9]

Draft SWOT [10]

Draft WGM Minutes for review (Sept 2013 WGM) [11]

Draft DMP for review [12]

Trello Concept

Trello Board [13]

HL7 Germany Work on Lab Specimen Reports

Original Work (in German) [14]

English translation [15]

Latest Version of Ballot


Latest Ballot Comments


Update 20120628: Updated Spec ID doc