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Proposed Draft for merged Mission and Charter

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Further down the document is this same information, but it is chopped up and synced up with both the EST M&C, and the Publishing M&C for a more side to side comparison. 



Publishing, Electronic Services, and Tooling Work Group (PEST) supports the HL7 mission by working in conjunction with the staff of HL7 to deliver various resources including but not limited to:

  • Guidance for methodology, format, and tooling used to create published standards as informed by HL7 Board, Technical Steering Committee, ANSI accreditation
  • Tooling and oversight necessary to create and publish standards
  • Maintenance and over site of digital assets such as websites, collaboration tools, and educational information.
  • Continued review and risk assessment of catalog of tools used by members for the purpose of supporting the goals of the organization.


Work Products and Contributions to HL7 Processes:

  • Publishing Recommendations:  Gives input to policy makers (HL7 Board and TSC) regarding the publishing of HL7 Standards. 
  • Standards Work Group Review and Balloting Process:  This group develops the process and tools necessary to move standards from creation through publication.
  • Consistency and Branding:  Development of processes, methodology, and processes to insure consistency across the organization for naming standards, publications, and branding.
  • HL7 Web Site: The Work Group oversees the entire HL7 web environment, ensuring an environment that enables the objectives stated above in the Mission.
  • Other Electronic Services: Other services overseen by the Work Group (and included in their prioritized project plan) include HL7 list servers, GForge and electronic publishing of HL7 ballot materials.
  • Electronic Services and Tools Work Group Project Plan: Requests and suggestions for HL7 electronic services (such as the creation of a new web page or adoption of a new tool) are to be submitted to the Work Group, where they are added to a prioritized project plan (subject to TSC revision and approval). These requests will need to include a description of the project, along with an estimation of the amount of work involved to both build and maintain the material.
  • Tool support: Recommendations to the HL7 Board and Technical Steering Committee regarding tools support for the HL7 standards.
  • Tool Lifecycle Management: The Work Group manages the policies and processes that accomplish the functions of requirements management, configuration management, and deployment management of HL7 developed, endorsed, and/or fostered tools. This includes mechanisms for testing, evaluating, managing releases, funding, and harmonizing tools work from independent sources.
  • HL7-owned technology guidance: The Work Group will provide guidance for architecture and technical standards, configuration, development scheduling, technical support and infrastructure for HL7 owned technology.
  • License Allocation: The Work Group liaises with tool vendors to provide software for HL7 member's use.
  • Training: The Work Group will provide training and documentation for tools and electronic services in collaboration with the Education Work Group.

Formal Relationships With Other HL7 Groups

All recommendations and prioritization of the Publishing, Electronic Services and Tools Work Group are subject to TSC approval.

  • The Work Group is subject to oversight by the Technical Services Support Steering Division and from them to the Technical Steering Committee.
  • The Work Group will work with the Architecture review Board (ArB) as needed to ensure that the HL7 standards are sufficiently supported by automated tools and services and will follow the ArB recommendations with respect to requirements and priorities.
  • The Work Group will work with the HL7 Marketing Committee to ensure that the published standards, services, tools and web site present the brand appearance that is desired by HL7 International.
  • The Work Group will work with the Modeling and Methodology Work Group to ensure that the tools appropriately support the HL7 standards development methodology.   Also, to ensure that published content developed according to the HL7 development methodologies (specifically V3 modeling and FHIR) are appropriately represented in relevant HL7 publications. 
  • The Work Group will work with the Infrastructure and Messaging Work Group to assure that the published V2 standards comply with the principles defined in V2 Chapters 2 and 2a.
  • The Work Group will work with the Implementation and Conformance & Guidance for Implementation/Testing Work Group to receive recommendations and feedback about HL7 tools from the perspective of standards implementers. In addition to assure that the published V2 standards compy with the principles defined in V2 Chapter 2b.
  • The Work Group will work with the Education Work Group to ensure that appropriate materials are available for HL7 tools users to support training, use, and further development.
  • The Work Group will work with all HL7 Work Groups developing content to be published with the HL7 International brand to make recommendations for services and tooling development or enhancement to ensure their work is supported. All HL7 Work Groups are responsible for ensuring adequate participation and representation in the Work Group’s sponsored discussions to support this objective

Formal Relationship With Groups Outside of HL7

The Publishing, Electronic Services and Tools Work Group will work with all organizations that sponsor services, tools or web sites to assist HL7 with the development, maintenance or services that support our products and services.

A designated member of the Work Group will serve as the HL7 liaison to the Open Health Tools (OHT) consortium, subject to the approval of the CTO, to assist with continuous alignment of HL7’s requirements and methodology with the OHT projects developing tools supporting the development and use of HL7 specifications.

Informal Relationships

On occasion, a Board-approved relationship between the Work Group and an HL7 member organization may be established for enhancing contributions towards HL7's tools, services, funds or other resources.

Publishing Calendars and Schedules

Version 2.x Proposals Database

Decision Making Practices Addendum

DMP Addendum Template
Publishing, Electronic Services and Tools, Organizational Support, 01/30/2018

5.1 Defining Quorum
Quorum for the Publishing, Electronic Services and Tools WG requires that a co-chair and at least 2 other Work Group members or HL7 Staff be present, where no single organization of party represents more than a simple majority of the voting WG or Committee members present.

Date of Last Revision

November 25, 2019

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The text below is a compilation of the EST mission and Charter (in black text), the Publishing mission and Charter (in red text), and the newly proposed PEST mission and charter (in green).  It is included to make comparison easier, however readability is compromised.  That is why the text above is just the PEST portion, but this below should help the conversation.




Proposed Draft for merged Mission and Charter


September 12, 2012

Date of Last Revision

December November 25, 2019