Clem McDonald, who started working with medical records systems in 1965, recalls the reason for interoperability standards, as well as the early efforts to create the ASTM 1238 Laboratory messaging standard which was eventually reconciled with HL7 version 2.

Recorded during the HL7 WGM held in October 2013. Part of a series of interviews about the early history of HL7; the whitepaper related to that subject can be found here: ringholm.com/docs/the_early_history_of_health_level_7_HL7.htm

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