CQL-to-ELM Translator Reference Implementation

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The HL7 CQL specification defines both a high-level, author friendly syntax for expressing clinical knowledge, as well as a machine friendly, syntax-independent canonical representation of clinical knowledge called Expression Logical Model (ELM). The high level syntax is designed to support measure and decision support authors, while the canonical representation is designed to support point-to-point sharing and machine processing applications.

The specification describes a formal mechanism for translating the high-level CQL syntax into the canonical ELM representation. This project provides a reference implementation of that translation. The translation component is designed to support use within an Integrated Development Environment (IDE), and has several options and features focused on providing translation support in such an environment. The reference implementation is intended to be used in support of CQF implementations as a tool to enable CQL output to be uniformly and automatically translated into ELM XML or JSON documents for sharing and distribution to support implementation, integration, translation, and execution of CQL-based artifacts.

The CQL-to-ELM Translator is substantially complete, supporting all language constructs of the latest version of CQL (Release 1 STU 2 (1.2)), as well as a broad range of functionality to support use of the translator in an Integrated Development Environment. Implementations making use of the translator can submit issues and track resolution progress through the Issues tracker in the Github repository.

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Last Updated: September 10, 2018