Notes from the HL7 WGM in Phoenix
Publication date: May 08, 2008
HL7 Working Group Meetings (WGM) are held three times a year and aim to support the development process of the HL7 standards.
The HL7 WGM of May 2008 took place in Phoenix (Arizona, USA). This column contains some generic comments about WGMs in general
as well as some personal observations related to the highlights of the Phoenix WGM.
It is quite hard to imagine what activities take place at a WGM if you've never been there. A full week of meetings: a mixture of hard work in committees,
networking events (i.e. party time), cookie breaks in the afternoon, sitting in the hotel pool, and tutorials.
If you wanted to you could spent the entire week (from dusk to well after dawn) in meetings. Kai heitmann, one of the board members, suggested that soon we'd
be having meetings that start at 05:30 - which was a joke, although most European participants would probably not find that time problematic given their jetlag.
If you've never been to a WGM (or: if you were at the Phoenix WGM) the following video shows some of its highlights:
This WGM I presented two tutorials and took part in meetings of 8 different groups. One visit was a very short one: the topic under discussion differed from
the one expected so I left within a couple of minutes. The most notable events were:
- The Java SIG met on monday, where after some discussion a motion was passed to
change the name to "RIM Application Architecture" (acronym: RIMBAA). Its current scope will be broadened and hopefully the paperwork can be finalized by thye next WGM in Vancouver.
I've written before about RIM based application architecures. We need to promote the message that the RIM is much more than just a model for the exchange of data:
it can be (and is) used as a database model, as a model for application (business level) objects, or as the starting point for the generation of user interfaces.
- The Marketing Council is working on a set of standardized presentations that provide a brief intruction into either HL7 (as a whole) or
one of its standards. The discussion around their contents again showed me how difficult it is to create presentations that are truly of a global nature.
All of us are most familiar with that which happens in our own context; only by combining the views of people with different backgrounds can one succeed
in the creation of truly international presentations.
- The HL7 E-learning course currently covers both HL7 version 2 as well as HL7 version 3.
The e-learning course is currently being piloted with 92 participants from 6 different countries accross the globe. On average the trainees spent 5 to 10 hours a week on this 10-week course ..
that's a serious investment in terms of time and effort. The e-learning course will be repeated; the training may be split into a HL7 v2 and a HL7 v3 specific part.
The initial version of this e-learning course was created by HL7 Argentina.
The next WGM is in Vancouver (Canada). It will be interesting to see if the number of US participants will be lower than that of
meetings in the US, given that some employers won't give permission if a meetings takes place outside of the US -
even if as in this case the meeting is just a short trip from the US border.
However: the number of Canadians will probably be higher; also because of their use of HL7 v3.
WGMs are never boring - and my to-do list aways seems to increase in size in a significant way at a WGM.
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- Next XDS Release (Oct 27, 2016)
- Five years of FHIR (Aug 11, 2016)
- Interoperability projects in Ireland - FHIReland (Mar 14, 2016)
- 2016 FHIR Jedi Calendar (Jan 06, 2016)
- Top 10 HL7 videos watched in 2015 (Dec 24, 2015)
- Update from the trenches on CDA R2.1/R3 and HL7v2. (Oct 15, 2015)
- FHIR DevDays - UK GP System APIs (Sep 16, 2015)
- IHE XDS - testing and implementation tools (Aug 25, 2015)
- Most often implemented IHE Profiles (Jun 08, 2015)
- Why we sponsor the HL7 WGM (May 10, 2015)
- FHIR in Paris (Apr 21, 2015)
- Mapping HL7v2 messages to FHIR. (Apr 13, 2015)
- Analysis of CDA R2 testing tools - most requirements are neither tested nor respected. (Feb 13, 2015)
- HL7 and IHE in Sweden (Feb 08, 2015)
- 2015 FHIR Chiefs Calendar (Jan 07, 2015)
- The Merry FHIR Choir caroling the 12 Days of Christmas (Dec 09, 2014)
- Chicago FHIR Update (Oct 13, 2014)
- Internationalization of HL7 (Sep 25, 2014)
- New XDS Advanced training course on offer by IHE Services and IHE Academy (Jul 14, 2014)
- Recent and Future developments of the DICOM standard (Mar 06, 2014)
- Top 10 HL7 videos watched in 2013 (Jan 02, 2014)
- Report from the HL7 WGM in Cambridge (Oct 16, 2013)
- Documenting the history of HL7 (Sep 03, 2013)
- Histology Lab Device Automation using HL7 version 2 (Jul 23, 2013)
- HL7 FHIR Elevator Pitch (Jul 15, 2013)
- Interoperability Standards - the no-sales pitch (Jul 09, 2013)
- HL7 UK - new landscape, new opportunities (Jun 26, 2013)
- Validation and error correction at the IHE Connectathon (Apr 25, 2013)
- CDA Implementation Guides - (not) invented here (Apr 17, 2013)
- Usage of IHE Profiles (Feb 25, 2013)
- 10 year anniversary - Dutch Ringholm HL7 v2 training courses. (Feb 19, 2013)
- About IHE Academy and new IHE training courses (Jan 12, 2013)
- CDA implementation experiences in the UK (Dec 04, 2012)
- Musings on free HL7 IP (Oct 01, 2012)
- HL7 Connectathons (Sep 09, 2012)
- Renovate HL7 version 3 (Aug 03, 2012)
- Frequency of use of HL7 message types (Jul 24, 2012)
- Lighting the FHIR, HL7s new major interoperability standard (Jun 15, 2012)
- Reflections on the HL7 membership model - the affiliate life cycle (Dec 28, 2011)
- Thinking like an OWL reasoner (Sep 17, 2011)
- RFH (Resources for Health): HL7 version 3 taken to the next step (Aug 18, 2011)
- What's so great about the HL7 organization? (Aug 04, 2011)
- Kerndossier: een Nederlandse versie van CCD (Dutch, May 03, 2011)
- A HL7 RIMBAA update (Apr 21, 2011)
- Timezone Hotel (Mar 29, 2011)
- HL7 and openEHR are cooperating (finally) (Jan 21, 2011)
- Increasing demand for IHE training courses (Dec 18, 2010)
- Context issues with the IHE QED profile (Dec 15, 2010)
- The changing role of HL7 country organizations (Jul 16, 2010)
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- Adding openness to a closed world (Feb 09, 2010)
- How to lower the hurdle for HL7 v3 implementers (Jan 21, 2010)
- HL7 v3 deployment statistics (Dec 17, 2009)
- There's Trouble in Paradigm (Sep 25, 2009)
- Internationalization of HL7 (Sep 24, 2009)
- HL7 UK signs deal with Ringholm to deliver HL7 v2/v3 training courses in London (Sep 17, 2009)
- The use of HL7 in South Africa (Aug 20, 2009)
- The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam (Apr 17, 2009)
- The HL7 UK AGM and RIMBAA (Apr 16, 2009)
- The HL7 Wiki reaches 2000 pages (Mar 02, 2009)
- The HL7 roadmap for CDA R3 and the CCD (Jan 17, 2009)
- HL7 Affiliates Meeting in Orlando (Jan 11, 2009)
- Swiss and Dutch HL7 News (Dec 31, 2008)
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- Russian whitepaper (Jul 09, 2008)
- The HL7 Interoperability Conference - IHIC 2008 (May 30, 2008)
- HL7 creates a RIM Based Application Architecture (RIMBAA) group (May 18, 2008)
- Notes from the HL7 WGM in Phoenix (May 08, 2008)
- Germany embraces CDA eReferral document specification (May 02, 2008)
- HL7 v3 RIM based applications: an unintended side effect (Jan 19, 2008)
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