2009-08-03 TSC Call Agenda

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TSC - Technical Steering Committee

Monday, August 3, 2009 11:00 AM (US Eastern Daylight Time, GMT -5)
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  • Chair: Charlie McCay
  • CTO: John Quinn
  • Domain Experts: Austin Kreisler (primary), Ed Tripp (alternate)
  • Foundation & Technology: Ioana Singureanu (primary), Woody Beeler (alternate)
  • Structure & Semantic Design: Calvin Beebe (primary), Gregg Seppala (alternate)
  • Technical & Support Services: Ken McCaslin (primary), Helen Stevens Love (alternate)
  • Affiliate: Ravi Natarajan
  • ARB: Charlie Mead (primary), John Koisch (alternate)
  • Ad-Hoc: Jim Case
  • HQ: Lynn Laakso


  • Charles Jaffe (CEO)
  • Ed Hammond (HL7 Chair); Bob Dolin (HL7 Vice Chair)
  • Marc Koehn (EA IP)
  • Karen Van Hentenryck (HQ)


  • Ken McCaslin


Meeting Admin

  1. Roll Call -
  2. Accept Agenda -
  3. Approve Minutes from 2009-07-20 TSC Call Minutes
  4. Review action items
    • From 2009-07-20_TSC_Call_Minutes: DAM Medical Records Composite Privacy – ACTION ITEM- ARB to review and discussion. How would one trace conformance back to this document.
    • From 2009-07-20_TSC_Call_Minutes:HL7 Version 3 Standard: XML Implementation Technology Specification, Release 2 - need to clarify on whether this covers both datatypes and structures. ACTION ITEM: Woody will check with Grahame Grieve and then update the TSC

(20 min) Standing Committee Reports/Approvals

  1. CEO Report -
  2. CTO Report -
  3. ArB Report -
  4. Affiliates Report -
    • Some vendors asked the Italian HL7 Affiliate for having (a sort of) HL7 certification for their products. The real point is to define what does it mean to certify HL7 a product... but any HL7 affiliate faced somehow this issue? What is the position of HL7 org about that?
  5. Domain Experts -
    • Patient Care invited to discuss broader issues of clinical implementation guides:
      • technical consistency issues (CDA implementation guides, DCM specification, and V3 Messages all having different documentation forms)
      • content consistency issues (how do we detect inconsistency between specifications in a scalable and actionable way)
      • maintenance responsibility (how do the set of templates used in the implementation guides relate to the DCM and other work that is being done in Patient Care)
    • ANSI standard approaching 5-year anniversary: HL7 Version 3 Standard: Notifiable Condition Report, R1: TSC Tracker 1100
  6. Foundation & Technology -
  7. Structure & Semantic Design -
  8. Technical & Support Services -
    • new work group process recommendation from updated co-chair handbook: The current updated co-chair handbook suggests that co-chairs of new WG's should send an email to the web master in order to have new WG setup on the web. Ken suggests that it makes more sense that after the TSC has approved the new WG that a TSC task should be opened and with the assignment to as the web master with the new WG check sheet
    • Final Version of Cover Page Template with edits incorporated, for TSC review. See TSC Tracker #1055, status=closed

(30 min) Discussion topics

Ballot item e-vote review

  • On the Ballot item e-vote, we have achieved quorum and approval on the ballot items:
    • HL7 Version 3 Standard: Identification Service (IS), Release 1, voting 5/0/1
    • Healthcare, Community Services and Provider Directory, Release 1, voting 4/1/1
    • HL7 Version 3 Standard: Representation of the Health Quality Measures Format (eMeasure), Release 1, voting 5/0/1
  • The late addition to the poll on enrollment for normative ballot subsequent to intermediate Comment ballots was 2 in favor of open enrollment, three in favor of pre-populating with the prior pool but allowing it to be open to new enrollment. This probably merits further discussion by the TSC.

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