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Subject: RE: [ihc] subcommittees early in the TC process?

Great comments Rex,


In light of the article mentioned, I have cc’ed Jamie on this (he knows a little about “The Law” and I am sure he will have something interesting to say about the subject. As anyone who has ever been involved in healthcare knows, the typical reasons for inaction related to the delicate balance between doing their job and not getting sued. If there is any way that we can help with this problem it can only be a good thing.




From: Ed Dodds [mailto:dodds@e-dodds.com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 2004 7:33 AM
To: rexb@starbourne.com
Cc: ihc@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: [ihc] subcommittees early in the TC process?




First, good to meet you.


Second, I know there are some committees at the Medical Banking Project ( www.mbproject.org ) that might serve as some starting categories. John Casillas ( johnc@mbproject.org ) is very interested in promoting interoperability in whatever way he can.


I've also been watching the http://www.friends-partners.org/GLOSAS/ project for sometime now and their work suggests the areas of e-health (in this case, 'e-health' is broadband internet based medicine) and accompanying distance education.

Ed Dodds
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---- Original message ----
>Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 07:32:34 -0700
>From: Rex Brooks <rexb@starbourne.com
>Subject: [ihc] An Article on Legal Constraints in US, A Question about Issues 
>To: ihc@lists.oasis-open.org
>   Hi Folks,
>   Since I keep an eye on Healthcare issues, I noticed this article
>   today. One of my own conclusions as I have researched this domain off
>   and on over the last 3 years has been the lack of global standards for
>   IT other than the broadest ones covered in ISO 11179, and some
>   topic-specific issues. I would be interested to hear whether there are
>   significant and similar barriers in Europe and Asia, as if
>   localization wasn't difficult enough on its own, especially with
>   different character sets. However, as with many IT issues, the legal
>   aspects, and the IPR aspects also need to be addressed. So, here's the
>   article:
>   http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=29100518
>   And, here's the question:
>   Should we consider establishing subcommittees early in the TC process?
>   The question relates to the specificity of gathering requirements for
>   legal issues specifically. As a member of the Web Services for Remote
>   Portlets TC, I can vouch for the fact that there just isn't enough
>   warm bodies working on behalf of corporate members to take on any
>   significant work outside the specific purview of our scope, and our
>   experience with relying on other TCs to produce their specs in a
>   timely way to aid in our ongoing work has been somewhat disappointing,
>   though neither unexpected, nor particularly troubling yet. For
>   instance,  we have had to wait for a year for WSS to reach its
>   milestone for producing its first suite of specifications, we now face
>   the task of imlementing those standards and gathering feedback from
>   those implementations. This then must be factored into WSRP 2.0 if we
>   can, though, in fact, we may not have enough feedback during the
>   timeframe we have established for developing WSRP v2.0. I don't know,
>   obviously, so I can't point out whether, in fact, this is a
>   large-enough concern to warrant being included in the ihc work.
>   However, uptake of standards, wherever they are produced is something
>   that needs to be addressed, so I think that an IHC Legal SC would be a
>   good idea.
>   If we are to liaise with other TCs to produce specifications needed in
>   this domain, we need to be as specific as we can be to avoid tasking
>   others to survey a field for specific issues before beginning the work
>   of writing standards to bridge those issues.
>   BTW, Legal is just one particular domain. For an exercise in how
>   complex these issues will be, consider how many different specs there
>   are for defining what a "person" or "address" is.
>   Just thought I would pass this little reminder along.
>   Regards,
>   Rex Brooks
>   P.S. I am using the long form of my signature here this once so those
>   of you joining in this initial period can get an idea of what my
>   interests are. I will add my membership in this TC once I am sure that
>   I fit into the work here.
> --
>   Rex Brooks
>   President, Stabourne Communications Design
>   Executive Director, Humanmarkup.org, Inc.
>   Co-Chair, Secretary, OASIS HumanMarkup Technical Committee
>   Co-Chair OASIS Human Physical Characteristics Description Markup
>   Language Subcommittee
>   Member, OASIS Web Services for Remote Portlets Technical Committee
>   Member,  OASIS Web Services for Remote Portlets-Primer Subcommittee
>   Member OASIS Emergency Management Technical Committee
>   Co-Chair Emergency Management Notification Methods and Messages
>   Subcommittee
>   Member, OASIS Emergency Management Geospatial Information Services
>   Subcomittee
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