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This is the home page for the Vocabulary Work Group. Vocab is a pilot work group for the functions being developed as part of the JIRACon Project. In this environment, attendance logs, meeting agendas and notes, and other work group functions are enabled to assist the work group participants in developing standards as well as necessary housekeeping functions for standards development organizations. Use JIRA to document issues, change requests, questions, and comments for documentation and resolution. We welcome your feedback, please click here to add suggestions for the HL7 technical team and/or the Vocabulary Work Group

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Current projects and meeting information can be found below. Additionally, the Vocabulary Zulip stream may be used to further conversations pertinent to the vocabulary work group. To view the Vocabulary Zulip stream, click here


To identify, organize and maintain coded vocabulary terms used in HL7 information structures, provide clear documented guidelines on the principles of vocabulary content and structure to support the retention of meaning over time, and to maintain the HL7 Vocabulary Model and guidance of the use of Vocabulary in HL7 Standards.

Vocabulary Maintenance at HL7

Vocabulary Maintenance at HL7 after Q2 2020 will be done through the new Unified Terminology Governance (UTG) process.  The detailed information for user on-boarding, harmonization tools and workflow processes, and education an documentation materials can be found HERE.

HL7 Terminology Authority (HTA)

The HL7 Terminology Authority is responsible for the creation, implementation, and management of HL7 processes involving external terminology management. The activities of the HTA are intended to complement maintenance of terminology that is used by HL7 protocol specifications.  HTA works through the TSC to implement processes or polices that impact Working Groups. To contact the HTA, see additional details on their Confluence page.

Task List

DescriptionDue dateAssigneeTask appears on
  • Caroline Macumber will get the cochairs call credentials to HTA list and the vocab chairs list.
Caroline Macumber2020-07-09 Vocab WG Call Agenda/Minutes
  • Robert HausamWill bring the documentation for the NDC finalization to the next call on July 23.
Robert Hausam2020-07-09 Vocab WG Call Agenda/Minutes
  • Ted Kleinwill reach out to Heather Grainand link to the education materials for good vocabulary practices on the UTG documentation pages
Ted Klein2020-06-23 UTG Call Agenda and Minutes
  • Carmela A. Coudercwill update the FHIR tickets based on the 8H block vote above, and will notify Robert Hausam when done so work can commence on implementing the changes.
Carmela A. Couderc2020-06-25 Vocab WG Call Agenda/Minutes
Robert Hausam2020-06-30 Vocab Chair Agenda/Minutes
Reuben Daniels2020-06-30 Vocab Chair Agenda/Minutes
  • Robert Hausam lay out the options, invite Mike Waters. Sooner rather than later
Robert Hausam2020-06-16 Vocab Chair Agenda/Minutes
Reuben Daniels2020-06-16 Vocab Chair Agenda/Minutes
  • Robert Hausam Frank McKinney will put a draft of the "using NDC11 in FHIR IGs" based on the decisions from the 5/28 call, and bring it to the 6/25 call for discussion
Robert Hausam2020-06-11 Vocab WG Call Agenda/Minutes
  • Robert Hausam will setup the separate NDC11 call the group will advise; reach out to others that may need to be involved in this call (Peter?  Scott R? others?)
Robert Hausam2020-06-11 Vocab WG Call Agenda/Minutes
Rob McClure2020-06-11 Vocab WG Call Agenda/Minutes
  • Ioana Singureanu to post links to GitHub Repository and post project documents in the document repository here
Ioana SingureanuGuidelines for a Standardized Terminology Knoweldgebase
  • Caroline MacumberSet up the WGM agenda for September.  Start with similar organization; but waiting for input from HQ.
Caroline Macumber2020-05-28 Vocab WG Call Agenda/Minutes
  • Rob McClure Formalize proposal for gender identity value set, send via email to project members if possible. Add to agenda for next call so we can start out with that motion.
Rob McClure2020-04-20 Gender Harmony Meeting Agenda and Notes
  • Type your task here, using "@" to assign to a user and "//" to select a due date
May 2020 - HL7 WGM - Thursday 4pm Minutes
  • Reuben Daniels Create consolidated page of cochair action items to shame all of us into doing what we are supposed to be doing.
Reuben DanielsVocabulary Co-chair Responsibilities
  • Ted Klein Table 396 curation: Folded into UTG; no long separate activity.  Note must deal with publishing, and Lynn for HL7 tools website pages.
Ted KleinVocabulary Co-chair Responsibilities
Carmela A. Couderc2020-02-20 Vocab WG Call Agenda/Minutes
  • Unknown User (mastertaj)  To add a link for a paper describing stigma associated with what we are currently calling Diverse, including Intersex.
2020-01-27 Gender Harmony Meeting Agenda and Notes
  • Ted Klein must put cochair slides tougher THIS WEEK for review with Jess, Carol, and Wayne
Ted Klein2020-01-21 UTG Call Agenda and Minutes

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