Date: Sunday 13th January 2019
Quarter: Q1 - NOT QUORATE - no co-chair present
Q2 - QUORATE
H - HTA Member
O - observer
L - liaison
P - present
A - Apologies
P - present
A - Apologies
Global eHealth Collaborative
American Dental Association
Blue Wave Informatics LLP
|H||P||P||Susan Matney||Intermountain Health|
(failed to make remote connection)
|Sylvia Thun||HL7 Germany|
National Library of Medicine/IHTSDO
|L||A||A||Ted Klein||KCI Inc.|
|L||A||A||Russell Hamm||Vocabulary Co-Chair|
|O||P||N/A||Alexander Henket||HL7 The Netherlands|
|O||P||N/A||May Terry||MITRE Corporation|
Quorum Requirements Met (3): No co-chair present
Minutes Approved as Presented
|Minutes approved on the HTA Teleconference 2019-01-31; proposed SM; Second RMcC. For: 3 Abstain: 2 Against: 0|
Notes from Quarter 1
Ongoing Purpose of the HTA and its contribution to the HL7 Standards Development Process
One of the key reasons for the existence of the HTA was, and remains, to be the single point of contact for terminology content management (requests for change, ongoing updates, feedback etc.) from external code systems that are referenced in HL7 standards. There has been a particular focus on working with SNOMED International, and that should continue, particularly as terminology to support the International Patient Summary continues to be developed.
The HTA has an overview with purpose and scope on the main HL7 website: see http://www.hl7.org/Special/committees/termauth/overview.cfm This was written in 2015 and should be reviewed and updated, and particularly to:
- make reference to the HTA's role and relationships with the Technical Steering Committee (TSC) and the Vocabulary Work Group
- HTA should operate at a strategic level, setting strategy, defining policy and process, whereas the Vocabulary WG should be operational, implementing that strategy in standards development
- describe the HTA's involvement in the project process that is now used to develop HL7 standards, so as to best meet the HTA's objectives, and particularly where that involves external code system providers (for example in the FHIR Terminology Binding project)
Note that formal liaison between HL7 and external code system providers is the CTO (Wayne) although the HTA should provide advice to him in that role.
Minutes from Quarter 2
Election of Co-Chair
As Sandy Stuart, the second co-chair of the HTA is no longer a member (the Minutes note thanks for her service, and also for Ted Klein who also stepped down at the end of his term), the group needs a second co-chair.
Julie was nominated by SM, seconded by RMcC and there were no abstentions in voting to accept that nomination.
The meeting was now fully quorate and the main item of business was to discuss the recent Vocabulary WG policy statement on use of retired HL7 authored terminology content.
Policy on Use of Retired of Legacy HL7 Code Systems
See the full document at Policy on use of Retired or Legacy HL7 Code Systems
This policy was developed in the Vocabulary WG in response to an enquiry from Canada about content in one of the domain specific code systems that HL7 authored in the early days of HL7 V3. An initial version was agreed in December 2018 and this was discussed by the HTA and several amendments made. Carol (Co-chair, Vocab WG) was tasked with taking the amended version back to the Vocab WG for approval.
Next Meeting and Teleconferences
The group agreed to continue teleconferences fortnightly on Thursday evening (21.00 UTC) alternating with the main Vocabulary WG TCs.
The next face to face meeting of the group will be at the Montreal WGM in May; Q1&2 on Sunday.
JMJ to set up the conference call schedule and to make the room booking for the May WGM (done).
All were thanked for their attendance and the meeting was closed.