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Pakistan Successfully Achieves 37th Affiliate Status of HL7 International

We feel delighted to share that we achieved HL7 Pakistan affiliate status on October 3 2010. This is an incredible accomplishment not only for us but for NUST, and above all for Pakistan as it is earned status. Mr. Muhammad Afzal (Team Lead HLH Project) participated in 24th HL7 Plenary and Working Group Meeting to attend the agreement signing ceremony at Cambridge USA on Oct 3, 2010. In this meeting Pakistan is given 37th affiliate status by HL7 International. The affiliation is

approved after several stages to pass like application submission, interviews of five stake holders (associated with academia, healthcare providers, vendors and government agencies) and finally the approval after recommendation of Due Diligence Committee and chairs of international affiliates. It is a true testament of our years of hard work and passion to have this excellent achievement. This is start of a new dimension with more challenges and opportunities. We are thankful to NUST SEECS and National ICT R&D Fund for their support and encouragement in this successful venture.

First Pakistani to become HL7 RIM Certified Specialist

Mr. Muhammad Afzal (Team Lead-Health Life Horizon Project at SEECS) is the first Pakistani to become HL7 RIM Certified Specialist. Health Level Seven International (HL7) is the global authority on standards for interoperability of health information technology with members in over 55 countries. HL7's vision is to create the best and most widely used standards in healthcare. He attained this honor by successfully passing the exam during his conference visit to Cambridge, USA sponsored by NUST. The certification is based on the Reference Information Model (RIM) of HL7 V3; the community leading standard in the world. Due to this achievement he has opened the doors for other Pakistanis to follow his footsteps and become part of the vibrant HL7 International community. Mr. Afzal as Procter can conduct HL7 certification locally in Pakistan with coordination of HL7 International.