Trifolia Workbench: Beta Release

HL7 Releases New Tool for Capturing, Storing and Managing CDA Templates

 “Trifolia Workbench” Beta Release supports standards development and localization; includes library of meaningful use templates

July 19, 2011 – Health Level Seven® International (HL7),the global authority for interoperability and standards in healthcare information technology with members in 55 countries, today announced the release of the Trifolia Workbench: Consolidation Project Edition 1.0, Beta Release. This release supports standards authors, developers and implementers in capturing, storing and managing HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) templates. It contains the full set of templates balloted through the HL7/IHE Health Story Consolidation Project, which harmonized health information exchange specifications for meaningful use of EHR technology. The project covered the HL7 Continuity of Care Document (CCD) and the Health Story implementation guides for Discharge Summary, six other types of common clinical documents, and unstructured documents that can carry any clinical content.  The tool will help developers and implementers localize and publish CDA templates.

Trifolia Workbench: Consolidation Project Edition 1.0, Beta Release features:

  • Template Repository: A centralized database for CDA template management
  • Structured Template Entry Tool: Enter, review, manage and localize/update HL7 CDA templates
  • HL7 CDA Templates: Nearly 70 clinical templates from the HL7/IHE Health Story Consolidation Project
  • Publishing Tool: Export templates to share within and outside your organization
  • Documentation: Manuals to support installation and use

The Trifolia Workbench was developed by Lantana Consulting Group who prepared this release for HL7 as a resource to support adoption of the HL7/IHE Health Story Consolidation Project. The Trifolia logical model is open source so that implementers can use it to develop general templates and reference libraries. “We are excited to offer this release of Trifolia Workbench to HL7 members,” said Rick Geimer, chief technology officer, Lantana Consulting Group. “Our hope is that this release provides the informatics community with a useful tool for developing CDA templates.”

“HL7’s acceptance and offering of the Trifolia tool aligns nicely with the organization’s current strategic initiatives,” said John Quinn, HL7’s chief technology officer. “In addition to our current tools that are focused on developing, balloting and publishing our standards, we are very interested both in adopting tools that make our standard easer to implement and in developing the end to end Version 3/CDA template infrastructure. This tool moves us a significant step closer to both of those goals.”

Versions of the Trifolia Workbench have been developed by Lantana Consulting Group for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Child Health Corporation of America. It is one of several emerging tools addressing simplification of standards implementation. The Trifolia Workbench tool is available to HL7 members for download at the website at Home >Resources > Tools & Resources > CDA Tools > Trifolia Workbench (Consolidation Project Ed.)

HL7 International

Founded in 1987, Health Level Seven International is the global authority for healthcare information interoperability and standards with affiliates established in more than 30 countries.

HL7 is a non-profit, ANSI accredited standards development organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information that supports clinical practice and the management, delivery and evaluation of health services. HL7’s more than 2,300 members represent approximately 500 corporate members, which include more than 90 percent of the information systems vendors serving healthcare. HL7 collaborates with other standards developers and provider, payer, philanthropic and government agencies at the highest levels to ensure the development of comprehensive and reliable standards and successful interoperability efforts.

HL7’s endeavors are sponsored, in part, by the support of its benefactors: Abbott; Accenture; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Duke Translational Medicine Institute; Epic; European Medicines Agency; the Food and Drug Administration; GE Healthcare Information Technologies; GlaxoSmithKline; IBM; Intel Corporation; InterSystems Corporation; Kaiser Permanente; Lockheed Martin; McKesson Provider Technology; Microsoft Corporation; NICTIZ National Healthcare; Novartis; Oracle Corporation; Partners HealthCare System, Inc.; Pfizer, Inc.; Philips Healthcare; Quest Diagnostics Inc.; Siemens Healthcare; Thomson Reuters; the U.S. Department of Defense, Military Health System; and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  Numerous HL7 Affiliates have been established around the globe including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, and Uruguay.

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Lantana Consulting Group provides services and software for standards-based health information exchange. Lantana Group’s client list includes Fortune 100 companies and organizations in the public and private sectors, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Cancer Institute and the National Quality Forum.