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This page is related to discussions of the "HL7 Learning Partner Program". See Education Home Page for general issues related to the provision of HL7 Education.

  • Group members: Rene Spronk, Melva Peters, Mark McDougall, Sharon Chaplock, Heather Grain
  • Planning: Will need to address all of the issues (as documented below); Will need a position statement (by the education WG); Proposal to be ready for May 2014 WGM

HL7 Learning Partner Program

Initial Proposal - DRAFT ONLY

File:HL7 Learning Partner Program draft2.docx



  1. HL7 International not wishing to compete with Affiliates
    • The Learning Partner proposal is based on the assumption that the following (or something like it) would be agreed upon between the HL7 affiliates and HL7 International in order to clarify the roles of the Affiliates and HL7 International when it comes to educational offerings:
      • All HL7 affiliates have the right to organize education offerings within their own territory in a manner that they deem suitable for their members and territorial context, provided IP and other issues (as per the existing affiliate agreement) are handled as agreed upon.
      • Should HL7 International receive a request to provide education, and such education is to be delivered within the territory of one of the HL7 affiliates, then the affiliate associated with the territory in question will have the ‘right of the first refusal’:
        • HL7 international will seek confirmation that the affiliate is willing and able to arrange for the delivery of the educational offering; should the affiliate either be unwilling or unable to do so, or should the affiliate not respond to the request of HL7 international within a reasonable timeframe (e.g. 5 working days), then HL7 international shall have the right to deliver the requested educational services.
      • Should an HL7 Affiliate receive a request (other than a request from another affiliate) to provide education outside of its own territory, then HL7 International will have the ‘right of the first refusal’:
        • Should HL7 International either be unwilling or unable to deliver the requested educational offerings, or should HL7 International not respond to the request of the affiliate within a reasonable timeframe (e.g. 5 working days), then the affiliate shall have the right to deliver the requested educational services.
  2. What is the qualification of the organizations who provide training? To become a partner and to remain a partner
    • We need to develop core competencies on evaluation of “teachers”
  3. HL7 Code of conduct that precludes endorsement of one member over another
  4. Competition with HL7 International offerings
  5. Dilution of the HL7 brand
  6. Risk of saturation of market with HL7 sanctioned training
  7. Need to understand how this is different from what is happening today
  8. Do we have the time to do the evaluations in a volunteer organization?
  9. Affiliate agreement just signed and would need to be changed/amended
    • An amendmend may be in order, see above for suggested additional content
  10. There may be an issue for some of the HL7 International teachers in providing training in some countries


  • Is there an opportunity for partners to develop material where we do not have resources/time?


  • Formalizes a framework for what we are currently doing
  • Additional revenue
  • Offers an opportunity for management of the HL7 brand