Russell Hamm Recieves HL7® International Volunteer of the Year Award

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Apelon's Russell Hamm Recieves HL7® International Volunteer of the Year Award

Recognized for significant contributions to the organization and efforts to achieve more consistent and integrated clinical information

Apelon, Inc., a leading provider of terminology and data interoperability solutions, today announced that Russell Hamm, Informatics Architect, received the W. Edward Hammond, PhD, Volunteer of the Year Award from Health Level Seven (HL7) International. HL7 is a non-profit standards development organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) dedicated to provide related standards for health services. Hamm was recognized during the Annual Plenary and Working Group meeting in San Diego, Calif.

The award, named after Dr. W. Ed Hammond, HL7 founding member, key contributor and past board chair, is established to recognize HL7 members that have made significant contributions to the organization’s overall success. HL7 collaborates with other standards developers, including provider, payer, philanthropic and government organizations to ensure interoperability efforts and more consistent, integrated and complete clinical information for healthcare organizations.

Hamm has been a member of the HL7 since early 2005, and has played a role in the development of the Common Terminology Services, Release 2 specifications. He currently serves as the HL7 liaison to International Health Terminology Standards Development Organization (IHTSDO) and has been involved in the evaluation of the IHTSDO Workbench for use by HL7. In addition, Hamm has also managed the harmonization of HL7 Version 3 terminology. Previously, he was instrumental in several other HL7 terminology groups including the Vocabulary Working Group and Templates Working Group, serving as a co-chair to both.

As an Informatics Architect at Apelon, Hamm is involved in several customer consulting engagements using HL7 data models, HL7’s Common Terminology Services Version 2 (CTS 2) and the OHT/IHTSDO Workbench. His work impacts the industry, from health systems having a more complete, consistent and integrated clinical information, to developers having an easier adoption and integration of standards into their systems.

“Apelon has long supported significant participation by its senior staff in standards organizations,” said Stephen Coady, Apelon's CEO. “The opportunity costs are significant, but our belief and commitment is that the best way to be expert in the forward edge of healthcare informatics is to be actively involved in groups like HL7. We are proud of the work Russ is doing there, confident that we have contributed in meaningful ways to the advancement of interoperability.”

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