Nov 27, 2015

ART-DECOR® is a Registered Trademark now

Today we received the certificate from the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM, registers the Community Trade Mark in the European Union) that they comply with our application to register ART-DECOR as a trade mark.

ART-DECOR® is now a Registered Trademark. Many thanks to all who support us... and up to the next tasks and challenges...

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Nov 26, 2015

ART-DECOR goes Polish: Polish Implementation Guide v1.1 of HL7 CDA

Today, the Polish National Implementation Specifications for HL7 CDA were published on the official ART-DECOR servers. Started in 2013 on a Polish server hosted locally the specifications moved finally to

The National Center for Healthcare Information Systems (CSIOZ) is the Polish governmental organization which is responsible for building information socjety and national IT systems for healthcare. "We recently published the Implementation Guide (IG) version 1.1", Paweł Masiarz, Coordinator of Electronic Medical Records at CSIOZ explained. The specification is available under as a static ART-DECOR excerpt. The Live version can be directly accessed through

A  view at the Polish Template Library in ART-DECOR
The project contains templates, dictionaries and value sets in DECOR format, that are recommended for Polish implementations of HL7 CDA, developed by For the template format it is fully compliant to HL7’s Templates DSTU (HL7 Templates Standard: Specification and Use of Reusable Information Constraint Templates, Release 1). They are consistent with published draft national Implementation Guide for HL7 CDA.

"The idea is also that the Polish IG is now published not only as an HTML release at the CSIOZ website, but also at to be available for the International HL7 community as a building block repository (BBR)", said Roman Radomski, Consultant in Healthcare IT and Clinical Data Management at

For further information, please contact us at contact (at) or feel free to contact Roman Radomski,, at radomski (at) or Paweł Masiarz at p.masiarz (at) directly.

Nov 3, 2015

C-CDA 2.1 Template Library available in ART-DECOR

What is C-CDA?

The Consolidated CDA (C-CDA) is a US-realm specification. Meanwhile Release 2.1 has been published by HL7 International, with over 210 Templates and their associated value sets. Although it serves US centric requirements – with US specific code systems (like such as CPT-4 and RxNorm) and value sets, US specific identifiers, requires Race and Ethnicity that is inappropriate in many other countries etc. –, it has been, is and will be a source of inspiration for a lot of other projects, e.g. in Europe.


While the original C-CDA specifications focus on Implementation Guides, the ART-DECOR Building Block Repository (BBR) features all 370 Templates and Template versions as a Template Library that can easily be used in any ART-DECOR project, whether as-is or as a basis for refinement or adaptation.

For more information about ART-DECOR's Building Block Repository feature see here.
Examples of document level C-CDA Release 2.1 Templates in ART-DECOR

Consolidated CDA (C-CDA) Release 1.1 and 2.1

In addition to the C-CDA Release 1.1, published through the ART-DECOR BBR mechanism many months ago, now also C-CDA Release 2.1 was made available through exactly the same type of repository. It must be noted that this setup is an amalgamation of C-CDA 1.1 and 2.1: Templates and Value Sets are labeled appropriately with "1.1" or "2.1" respectively but appear as versions of each other.

The templates and value sets for 1.1 and 2.1 in this ART-DECOR project are transformations from the proprietary export format of the Lantana's Trifolia Workbench. They have been revised and corrected manually to fit the requirements of the Templates DSTU and to allow proper schematron generation. Please note that parts of the Trifolia Workbench maybe copyrighted by Lantana Consulting Group (see

C-CDA: everywhere as a source of inspiration and more

A couple of years ago a project started to harmonize epSOS (the European Patient Summary document) and CCD (as in C-CDA). A new project called "Interpas" (International Patient Summary) is seen as an attempt to create a document definition to exchange patient information for persons traveling between Europe and the US. The specification is planned to be jointly balloted with ISO.

Originally included in C-CDA, for Diagnostic Imaging Reports there is now the DICOM PS3.20 "Imaging Reports using HL7 Clinical Document Architecture". It features - as of now - two document level templates: Imaging Report (1.2.840.10008.9.1) and Imaging Addendum Report (1.2.840.10008.9.24).

How to use C-CDA in ART-DECOR

On the main servers hosted by the ART-DECOR Expert Group (ADEG), C-CDA 2.1 is available automatically. It is published under

In order to update the BBR cache on servers or installations that are not hosted by ADEG and that do not have automatic refreshing, please refer to the instruction manual section Refresh External Repository Cache to update/refresh the BBRs.

In regular ART-DECOR projects it is easy to either link C-CDA Templates from the repository as-is by linking them into your project or to refine them by specialization or adaptation.

Simple search and link dialog to reference C-CDA Templates from the Building Block Repository in ART-DECOR

Oct 30, 2015

ART-DECOR Template Editing for the Impatient: Temple

Today the ART-DECOR Expert Group officially released Temple, the second HL7 Template Editor as part of the ART-DECOR tool suite, after intense testing.

Snapshot of Temple, the XML based Template Editor of the ART-DECOR tool suite

In addition to the “regular” graphical Template Editor supporting tabular editing of templates, Temple offers an XML-like editor with extra support with auto-complete functionality for those who are familiar with HL7’s Templates DSTU (HL7 Templates Standard: Specification and Use of Reusable Information Constraint Templates, Release 1) and prefer to work with XML-editing rather than a graphical tool.

It allows direct manipulation of the underlying definition in XML. It supports content completion, inspection of referenced artefacts, and validation of the definition before saving.

Oct 1, 2015

ART-DECOR 1.6 is released!

The next ART-DECOR release – 1.6 – with cloud-based federated Building Block Repositories BBR for Templates and Value Sets with two Template Editors (graphical and XML-based) has been published.

It includes also a transition to the recent XForms Platform Orbeon 4.7 and XML-Database eXist-db 2.2, followed by many visual and performance improvements.

See ART-DECOR Releases for details.

May 14, 2015

Tools in Symbiosis: ART-DECOR and IHE Gazelle ObjectChecker

The ART-DECOR Expert Group and IHE Europe recently signed an Memorandum of Understanding to establish and develop the collaboration between the two groups in order to jointly promote the adoption of respective and complementary open-source offerings and evolve them in a synergistic way.

The agreement applies specifically to the ART-DECOR Framework and the IHE Gazelle ObjectsChecker. The vision is to engage the broadest group of eHealth projects and vendors around the world to adopt and use the combination of the two tools in order
  • to facilitate the creation and consistent standardized documentation of CDA based specifications and
  • to support rigorous compliance validation and testing.
The overall goal is to provide these projects with easy-to-use efficient combined tooling that enhance the quality of their implementations and information exchange.

For more information see and
For further information contact Dr Kai U Heitmann from the ART-DECOR Expert Group (info (at) and/or Eric Poiseau from IHE Europe (eric.poiseau (at)

Apr 22, 2015

ART-DECOR 1.4 is released!

The next ART-DECOR release – 1.4 – has been published. This release adds new support for Governance Groups. Furthermore features in a number of key areas such as datasets, scenarios, templates and terminology have been improved. See ART-DECOR Releases for details.

Jan 9, 2015

Visit the ART-DECOR Developer Day 9. February 2015 in Prague

The ART-DECOR expert group is happy to announce an ART-DECOR developer day, 9 February 2015 during IHIC, in Prague, Czech Republic. For more information see here for details.