Around 20 HL7 UK Members departed to Florida, USA to attend the January 2009 Working Group Meeting (WGM). The WGM ran from the 11-16 January and there are some member's feedback below.
The next Working Meeting is 10-15 May 2009 in Kyoto, Japan
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The Orlando Working Group Meeting was the first WGM for Lynn Laasko, the new Technical Steering Committee Project Manager. Lynn has allowed the TSC to take on more substantial planning work and is helping to make all the activity within the working group more visible.
An new Enterprise Architecture Implementation Project (AE-IP) (login wiki password wikiwiki) was setup by the TSC during the working group meeting to manage the rollout of the new HL7 Enterprise Architecture work being undertaken by the Architecture Board (login wiki password wikiwiki). The successful adoption of the Enterprise Architecture is a major objective for HL7 and a good deal of thought and effort was put into getting this project off to a good start.
There is also ongoing work to ensure that workgroup activity documents (minutes and agendas) are easier to find, and that committees have Mission and Charter documents that reflect their activity, and have three year plans available so everyone can share common expectations as to what the committees will produce.
A new set of activities led by John Quinn, the HL7 CTO, will ensure that we have a set of market-facing descriptions of the HL7 product set, and a process in place to maintain these descriptions. This should dramatically reduce the difficulty that newcomers have finding what offerings from HL7 are relevant to them. This work will compliment the activities of the HL7 marketing committee and market positioning work being led by Chuck Jaffe the HL7 CEO.
There is a final “visibility” initiative to make the working of the TSC and CTO more transparent. This includes publishing the roles and responsibilities for the CTO, TSC chair, and TSC project manager, and a work plan for the year, and the period until the next WGM. As part of this effort the TSC and CTO activities will be managed in clearly defined projects.
Both the TSC and the board spent time discussing how to deliver more effectively to National Initiatives, including in particular the new US administrations intended large investment in healthcare IT. This is an area where there will continue to be active planning, to ensure that HL7 can deliver the standards that are needed, and is seen to be able to do that.
This will clearly involve working with other standards organisations both internationally and in the US, and the CEO and CTO have been proactive in establishing the MoU agreements other collaborations that will help ensure that HL7 can provide its members with a gateway into a coherent set of standards that meet the needs of its members. The TSC work to make projects, products, and workgroups more visible is also being extended so that work across organisations can be coordinated and reused.
On a separate note, the Implementation Technology Working Group is continuing to look at the schemas produced to support implementation of the XML ITS, and seeking ways to improve these, as well as considering how to take the “New ITS” proposals forwards. As the body of implementation experience grows there is a better understanding of the challenges and compromises that can be made. The new HL7 Enterprise Architecture work (login wiki password wikiwiki) introduces different levels of conformance, and this may help to address some of the concerns expressed during balloting on the New ITS proposals.
I: Device communications highlights, some of which arose from informal discussions:
See papers at http://www.hl7.org/Special/committees/healthcaredevices/index.cfm for more detail of these meetings.
II: The HL7 Affiliates Council met Before the JIC JWG (WG9) on Sunday; some highlights included:
III: The JIC JWG (WG9)
See the agenda (and forthcoming draft minutes) posted at www.who.int/ehealth/en for more details.
IV: The Joint Initiative Council (JIC)
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