SWOT ANALYSIS – Health Care Devices WG

 

Strengths

  1. Expert membership on health device informatics and clinical information systems
  2. Core membership consistently contributes and attends regularly due to commitment to the domain
  3. Provides a home for device-related work within HL7
  4. Strong (UML) modelling expertise
  5. Strong ontology and nomenclature expertise
  6. Members engage with a cooperative spirit
  7. WG interworks with, and leverages work and experts of other WGs and standards development organizations
  8. Deploying outputs in productive interoperable solutions in IHE
  9. Products assessed for interop conformance by NIST before publication

 

Weaknesses

  1. Limited participation by providers/clinicians
  2. Limited member bandwidth due to other time and resource commitments
  3. Limited funding to advance standardization work
  4. Need to rejuvenate participants and membership
  5. Maintaining domain depth of knowledge and succession planning
  6. Need more expertise in mobile, cloud-connected technology, and consumer health devices
  7. Subject not well understood outside of the WG

 

Opportunities

  1. Leverage the enthusiasm around FHIR to advance the use of health device information in a broader range of healthcare applications
  2. Educate others on device communications
  3. Promote a consistent, harmonized approach to device informatics across the industry based on established standards
  4. Leverage evolving paradigm of internet of things and services

 

Threats

  1. Collaboration requests from other HL7 WGs at times exceed capacity and often arrive too late in the process for effective process and architectural alignment.
  2. Cost for attending HL7 meetings adversely impacts SDO coalition and collaboration-oriented work environment.
  3. Market forces in the absence of cooperative business models that value the use of standards-based technology will drive alternative solutions

 

Adopted by vote at WGM 2019-01-17