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Report to HL7 Board from Transitional Technical Task Force


The following documents the recommendations of the Technical Transition Task Force (T3F) with regards to completing the definition of the Technical Directorate and proceeding to establish same. It reflects:

  • efforts of T3F since January 2007
  • Source documents from
    • Strategic Initiative
    • ORC
    • Life-cycle project team
    • PIC
  • Considerations of the core mission of HL7 as included in the SI documents


Mission Statement (Woody)

The HL7 Technical Directorate oversees and coordinates the technical effort contributed by the HL7 volunteers who make up the HL7 Working Group. Its mission is to assure that the efforts of the Working Group are focused on the overall HL7 mission established by the HL7 Board.

The Technical Directorate and the HL7 Working Group operate in such a way so as to:

  • respect the contributions and ideas of the talented individuals who make up the Working Group;
  • maintain an effective focus on the goals of HL7;
  • assure that the all major decisions are based on consensus of the stakeholders;
  • maximize sharing and "re-use" of work products between elements of the Working Group;
  • use project management to assure that project goals are articulated and met;
  • reduce competition and conflict between the elements of the Working Group; and
  • assure that HL7 standards are developed on a solid architectural foundation that assures consistency and interoperability.

The Technical Directorate criteria for success must center around three concepts -- assuring the continuity and vitality of the HL7 volunteer-based Working Group; maintaining coherent inter-operable standards while minimizing duplication of effort; and providing sound consensus-based standards that meet the needs and schedule requirements of HL7's clients.

Success Criteria (Charlie)

Responsibilities (Virginia)

Composition (Woody - based on minutes)

Relationships (Woody - based on minutes)

Decision Making Practices (Jim)

Tactical Plan to Establish Technical Directorate (Craig)

Project Plan for Architecture (Berndt)