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TSC - Technical Steering Committee

Monday, March 10th, 2008 11:00 AM (US Eastern Time, GMT -5)
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  • CTO: John Quinn
  • Domain Experts: Jim Case (primary), Austin Kreisler (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: Frank Oemig,
  • ARB Chair: Charlie Mead
  • HQ: Karen Van Hentenryck


  • Charles Jaffe (CEO); Ed Hammond (HL7 Chair); Chuck Meyer (HL7 Vice Chair)


  • Charlie Mead

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  1. (5 min) Meeting Admin
    1. Roll Call - Quorum was established, with the following individuals participating on the call: John Quinn, Jim Case, Ioana Singureanu, Gregg Seppala, Austin Kreisler, Ken McCaslin, Chuck Meyer, Ed Hammond, Charlie McCay, Karen Van Hentenryck
    2. Accept Agenda - The Domain Analysis definition from the ARB was noted as an outstanding item from the previous call and will be carried forward as an agenda item for next week.
    3. Approve Minutes from previous call - MOTION by Case to approve the Feb 25 minutes; seconded by McCaslin. Motion passed unanimously. MOTION by McCaslin to approve the March 3 minutes; seconded by Case. Motion passed unanimously.
  2. (20 min) Standing Committee Reports/Approvals
    1. CEO Report - Jaffe was not on the call.
    2. CTO Report - Quinn noted that he distributed his report via email. In his weekly update call with Jane Curry on the tooling initiative, they discussed drafting, for the TSC and ultimately for the Board, a realistic budget for the project. Quinn also noted that we received a note last week from Audrey Dickerson indicating that one of the documents we submitted to ISO failed when run through the W3C validator. We are examining whether validating against the W3C tool should be part of our standard requirements. The CTO report also provides a list of HITSP committees that require HL7 representation. Quinn is looking for suggestions/volunteers to fill these positions. No travel is requiredas these committees complete their work via conference calls. Gregg Seppala indicated that he will participate on the Demographics committee but that we need representation for the other harmonization projects. Hammond mentioned the JIC council and the projects that are under way there. He’s received a number of emails related to the ICSR document; it appears that ICH is not interested in using HL7 messages/RIM for this work. They have the right to specify this just as much as HL7 has the right to specify their requirements to use HL7 messages/RIM. If IHC won’t agree to use HL7, there will need to be further discussion as to whether ISCR wil be a joint project.
    3. ARB report - Charlie Mead was not on the call but Quinn reported that one of the fundamental problems that the ArB is grappling with is the scope of the ArB vs MnM. MnM’s scope is basically V3, and ArB’s is all of HL7. Charlie Mead has been out of town and did not participate on last week's call. He will be back and participating on the ArB call this week.
    4. Affiliates Report - Nothing to report.
    5. Domain Experts - Nothing to report.
    6. Foundation & Technology - Singureanu reported that the Foundation & Technology steering division has been assigned the task of determining how to reference vocabulary in MIF models. As they've been working on this issue, they've uncovered several typographic errors in our models and several vocabulary references that haven’t been approved. Singureanu asked for the TSC's recommendation on dealing with these errors. She clarified that this is an activity assigned to the Steering Division by the TSC. The TSC was in agreement that typographic errors should be brought to the attention of the work groups. There was a question as to how they are determining which are typos and which are other types of mistakes. We need a mechanism for tracking these. ACTION ITEM: Foundation and Technology SD will come back with recommended solutions.
    7. Structure & Semantic Design - Seppala reported that the Structure & Semantic Design steering division convene a call last week and discussed a new version of GELLO. They are not expecting to ballot until September and the project scope statement will be brought forward for TSC approval shortly.
    8. Technical & Support Services – Nothing new to report.
  3. (30 min) Discussion topics
    • DSTU Publication Request: HAI - Case noted that there were a number of issues related to this document that were discussed at the last WGM. He is assuming that the negative votes have been addressed. MOTION by Case: To approve publication of the HAI document as DSTU; seconded by McCaslin. Motion passed unanimously.
    • DSTU Publication Request: Allergy Intolerance - MOTION by McCaslin: To approve publication of document as DSTU; seconded by Seppala. Discussion: McCaslin asked if they have reconciled the negative votes. The request form indicated that all negative votes were withdrawn. Motion passed unanimously.
    • Document title approvals for May ballot cycle - Van Hententencyk suggested that ITS be spelled out. MOTION by Case: That with the suggested change noted above, the titles, title changes, and requests for documents to be balloted as DSTUs be approved; seconded by McCaslin. The motion passed unanimously.
    • Review out-of-cycle ballot criteria - MOTION by Case: To approve the critera; seconded by McCaslin. Discussion: Case asked where this document will be published and how its content will it be communicated to the membership. McCay suggested that we discuss communication of TSC issues on next week's call and focus this discussion on the critera. There should be a preamble that explains why criteria is needed. Essentially, the TSC is asked on occasion to approve out-of-cycle ballots and this provides a set of guidelines for those requests. McCaslin feels that the requirement to provide a rationale should be more strongly worded. Additional review/discussion was requested and thus Case withdrew his motion. ACTION ITEM: Van Hentenryck will update document with introductory materials for next week’s call
    • Review workgroup management guidelines - Deferred to next week
    • TSC representative to the Nominations committee (optional, not required)- Two TSC members have been nominated thus far. Meyer suggested that the TSC wait until nominations and, if necessary, elections for the nomination committee are completed to determine whether they wish to name a member to this committee.

Call adjourned at 12:03 pm ET

Agenda item list (our sand box for future meetings)

  • TSC Annual Objectives and Resource Plan (Financial Decision Making Model)
  • Creating DMPs that cover all working groups in areas of:
    • Co-chair elections
    • Working Group formation/dissolution
    • Etc
  • TSC appointed WGs should plan to hold co-chair elections at Sept 2008 WGM
  • 2008 TSC election schedule

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