What is HL7 to Healthcare?

To further your understanding of HL7, review the Health Level Seven International website http://www.hl7.org/ and answer the following questions in a 3 page paper. Each question should be incorporated in your answer, and each answer should be at least 2-3 sentences.

Describe what HL7 is as it relates to healthcare.
Why is HL7 important to the EHR?
Identify and explain two examples of how HL7 is used in healthcare.
From what you have learned about HL7 and the HIM profession, describe why you feel it is important for an HIM professional to be familiar with HL7.