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Mission

The Public Health Work Group supports the HL7 mission to create and promote its standards by helping to assure that HL7 V2 and V3 models, messages, documents and services address the requirements of the many public health agencies, both governmental and non-governmental. Specific areas of interest include:

  • human and animal population health monitoring,
  • disease and event detection, response and control,
  • contact tracing,
  • outbreak investigation,
  • legal issues including isolation and quarantine,
  • immunization,
  • vital records,
  • public health registries,
  • food safety,
  • environmental health,
  • emergency preparedness and response,
  • reporting to monitoring and regulatory agencies.

The messages, documents, and services developed by this work group may also be used to communicate local, state and national health summary information to international monitoring bodies such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

 

Charter

Work Products and Contributions to HL7 Processes

The Public Health Work Group will provide a joint forum for HL7 members to discuss and develop models, messages, documents and services related to its mission. The work group will specifically take into account the need for real-time interactions and the experiences of existing national and international interoperability initiatives.

Specific artifacts that the WG will create include V2.x and V3 standards, implementation guides, etc.  The Work Group will develop specifications using the principles and language of the Services Aware Interoperability Framework (SAIF) Canonical Definition (CD) and the restrictions and specializations of?the HL7 SAIF Implementation Guide (IG) to ensure traceability from conceptual to logical to implementable specifications. When submitting artifacts or methodology to the HL7 SAIF IG, the work group will develop this content in compliance with the principles and language of the SAIF CD.

Formal Relationships With Other HL7 Groups

Since the scope of population-based care encompasses both cohorts of patients and individual patients in the context of a cohort, the Public Health Work Group will work closely with Patient CareOrders and ObservationsService-Oriented Architecture, Health Care Devices, Electronic Health Records, Patient SafetyStructured Documents and Vocabulary to manage its scope and deliverables in order to ensure consistency, maximize reuse of current content, and minimize duplicative efforts by the respective groups.

Formal Relationship With Groups Outside of HL7

There are no formal relationships with groups outside of HL7.

The Public Health Work Group will provide a forum for discussion of interoperability needs by all agencies currently interested in using health information from disparate sources for population-based activities. This includes public, veterinary and environmental health agencies at all levels of government, other Standards Developing Organizations (OASIS/Emergency Management) and other organizations (e.g. American Immunization Registry Association, Canada Health Infoway, etc.). Other interested international groups are encouraged to participate and contribute to the efforts of the work group.

About us - Co-Chairs

Position: Informatics
Department: TN Department of Health
Location: Nashville, TN

Position: Interoperability Standards Analyst
Location: Altarum Institute




Other Public Health Resources

Links of Interest:

Projects and Administrative Documents:

Project Administration

 


Ways to Participate

Conference Calls

Regular Public Health WG calls for the current cycle occur every week on Thursdays 1600-1730 ET.

Agendas

Call In Information

Official call in information is available at the Conference Call Center.

Web Meeting Info

1. Dial into the conference:

 

2. Join the online meeting:

 

FAQ’s, tips and other helpful information regarding FreeConferenceCall.com is available at www.HL7.org > Resources > Tools and Resources  > FreeConferenceCall.com Tip Sheet.

Warning- If you are on the agenda and need to share your screen you may have to download the app. If this is problematic, please send your materials to the co-chairs.  

Working Group Meetings

 





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