1. Matters arising from planned Anesthesia IG
  2. A look at the DEV WG Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats HL7-ordained document, applying 


Martin Hurrell, Marti Velesiz, Stefan Karl, Martin Rosner, Todd Cooper, Brian Reinhold, Tom Kowalczyk, John Garguilo, Koichiro Matsumoto, Brian Witkowski, John Rhoads (notes)

Meeting Notes

Another wide-ranging discussion following Martin Hurrell on prospective thinking concerning the Intra-procedural anesthesia IG. 

  • Q: FHIR IGs are often narrowly focused and somewhat terse: is there a problem about including extensive context and explanation?
  • A: (consensus) No need for concern about that - definition is quite open-ended; "how long is an FHIR IG" is a "how long is a piece of string" sort of question. Depends on what it needs to do. Not that you can't decide to structure a big IG concept into multiple related IGs if there is utility for implementors in doing so. 

Other matters arising:

  • one hoped-for benefit of automated device data gathering is that it may make the application of artificial intelligence and inference to more complete and useful documentation with less manual entry (example: using the knowledge of the contents of a kit prepared for a surgery to infer what particular instance of a type of equipment was used, given the procedural steps recorded, with manual entry needed only when there are exceptions to expectations).
  • there was discussion of what approach should be taken on choice of terminology systems: how does the value of the record depend on degree of precoordination, underlying ontology, so on.


DEV WG Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats

Also see, for future discussion, DEV WG Mission, Charter


Martin Hurrell said that Professor Alan Rector (University of Manchester, emeritus) might be available to be asked questions on medical ontology. Martin was asked to, in consultation with Marti Velezis Todd Cooper, and others interested, to schedule and lead a discussion in this meeting series of what questions the group would like to ask.

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