But I also get asked quite often how to get involved in HL7 activities. Usually the question comes in via e-mail or through this blog, and is generally in the form: How do I find out what is going on, or who do I talk to? Often the question doesn't include "about X", and so I have to follow up with "What are you interested in?" before I can answer the question.
Here are a few tips about how to figuring out what is up. There are about 40-odd work groups in HL7 (other SDOs call these technical committees). Most work group names are fairly self explanatory to initiates, but novices are often challenged to find the right work groups.
In the lists below, think about filling in the blanks in this sentence:
I'm an ___ specializing in ___.Using the answer in the first blank, find your general case in the headings below. Under the headings are the committees that you might be interested just based on your general category. Underneath those headings are specializations, which also indicate work groups that might be of interest based on general category and specialty.
A couple of notes on committee names and why they show up where they do:
EHR deals with functional requirements for health records, be they EHR, PHR or otherwise, which is why PHR vendors might find EHR interesting. If you are interested in FHIR, you want to check out MnM who is running that project.
A final note: This should be turned into an interactive form, and it should cover IHE, S&I Framework and many other activities. Oh boy, another great summer project for someone with time on their hands.
· Emergency Care
Health Information Management Professional
Modeling and UML
Testing and Validation
Health IT Vendor
Laboratory Information System
Revenue Cycle Management
Personal Health Record