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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Newbies guide to HL7 Committees

I'm an HL7 Mentor.  That means I get to wear a red ribbon that says so at the working group meeting, and make a point to talk to people who have the first timer's ribbon as the meeting.  Being a mentor at the meetings is easy, because I know my way around the meeting, and can make introductions and get to tell people where to go (to find out more about ___).

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.

Care Provider

·         Patient Care
·         Electronic Health Records
Anesthesia
Clinical Decision Support
·         Clinical Decision Support
·         Arden Syntax
Clinical Research
Emergency Medicine
·         Emergency Care
Genetics/Genomics
·         Clinical Genomics
Informatics
·         Patient Care
·         Vocabulary
Laboratory
·         Orders and Observations
Long Term Care
·         Patient Care
Nursing
·         Patient Care
Pathology
·         Anatomic Pathology
·         Orders and Observations
Pediatrics
·         Child Health
Pharmacy
·         Pharmacy
Public Health
·         Orders and Observations
Quality Measurement
·         Structured Documents
·         Clinical Decision Support
Radiology
·         Imaging Integration

Health Information Management Professional

Informatics
·         Patient Care
·         Vocabulary
Medical Records
·         Structured Documents
·         Templates
·         Electronic Health Records
Privacy
·         Security
Quality Measurement
·         Structured Documents
·         Clinical Decision Support
Revenue Cycle Management
·         Attachments
Security
·         Security

Geek

Architecture
·         Modeling and Methodology
·         Services Oriented Architecture
Java
·         Tooling
Messaging
·         Infrastructure and Messaging
Modeling and UML
·         Modeling and Methodology
Open Source
·         Tooling
Privacy
·         Security
Security
·         Security
SOA
·         Services Oriented Architecture
Web 2.0
·         Modeling and Methodology
·         Infrastructure and Messaging
·         Services Oriented Architecture
Testing and Validation
XML
·         Structured Documents
·         Templates

Health IT Vendor

Clinical Trials
EHRs
·         Electronic Health Records
·         Structured Documents
·         Orders and Observations
·         Clinical Decision Support
Laboratory Information System
·         Orders and Observations
Practice Management System
·         Electronic Health Records
Revenue Cycle Management
·         Attachments
RIS/PACS
·         Imaging Integration
Medical Device
·         Health Care Devices
·         Patient Safety
Mobile Health
·         Mobile Health
·         Modeling and Methodology
Patient Registration
Personal Health Record
·         Electronic Health Records

Insurer/Payer

Financial Management
HIPAA Transactions
·         Attachments
Patient Administration
Quality Measurement
·         Structured Documents
·         Clinical Decision Support

Pharma


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