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Subject: Re: [ihc] Call for co-chair election, and nomination(s)

Excellent, Jamie, Brett, Everyone,

I am sharing this with the Ontolog Forum's health-ont list, and I 
look forward to sharing our recent panel-discussion on healthcare 
informatics landscape with our TC. Since we have a follow-up panel 
discussion to carry the topics forward in more depth, perhaps we can 
look into inviting a broader audience, and perhaps including a longer 
session for audience participation.

For those who are interested, the panel discussion description page 
includes a link for the recorded session at the bottom of the page: 

Rex Brooks

At 4:33 PM -0700 9/23/05, James Bryce Clark wrote:
>Members of the OASIS International Health Continuum TC:
>     I am pleased to report that Dr. DeLeys Brandman has confirmed 
>that she will be able to continue serving as chair of this 
>committee.  We appreciate the leadership she has provided to the 
>important work of this committee, especially as tremendous demand 
>builds for practical, robust methods to use standardized data 
>structures to address a variety of core health informatics needs.
>     The IHC TC defined some early work plans for progress towards 
>standardized approaches to EHRs and several other key use cases, but 
>has deferred meeting for the past few months.  Now OASIS is being 
>approached to provide substantial assistance by applying and 
>specifying combination of its existing and developing data 
>standards, along with other suitable open standards, to fully solve 
>these needs.  My colleague Dr. Brett Trusko, this TC's OASIS staff 
>contact, has been in close contact with multiple other national an 
>international health informatics standards bodies, who are quite 
>interested in working closely with OASIS -- and our considerable 
>stable of existing, useful work in XML, access control, messaging, 
>registries, structured data, knowledge management and other relevant 
>functions.  We would like to have the IHC TC act as a focal point 
>for this input and assistance.
>     To rise to this challenge will require significant investment of 
>leadership time.    In order to supplement the time available from 
>Dr. Brandman and Dr. Trusko, Dr. Brandman asked me to open a ballot 
>for the election of a co-chair for this committee. I declare 
>nominations open for that role, and am pleased to report that Peter 
>L. Elkin, MD, a member of this committee, has indicated that he will 
>accept Dr. Brandman's nomination.
>     Dr Elkin is Professor of Medicine, and the Director of the 
>Laboratory of Biomedical Informatics, at the Mayo Clinic College of 
>Medicine, in Rochester, Minnesota.  We appreciate the willingness of 
>Dr. Elkin and the Mayo Clinic to make his time available to help 
>lead this effort.  OASIS staff have made inquiries about other 
>potential candidates as well.
>      Of course, election of a co-chair is a matter for the committee 
>to decide.  TC members are welcome to nominate or suggest others, 
>and should do so to me directly or to this list.  However, if I am 
>aware of no other nominees, then I will plan to conduct an election 
>ballot. Accordingly, failing objections, I plan to open a ballot 
>next week, for a duration of one week, which will list each declared 
>candidate as well as permit write-in nominations.  In the interim, I 
>will review the TC records to confirm that the voting status of each 
>member is properly reflected in the roster.
>      This timing would allow a conference call meeting in 
>mid-October for future planning, in time to respond to some specific 
>opportunities in November and December.  It may also be helpful for 
>the TC to hear a report on the currently-forming US Health 
>Information Technology Standards Panel, whose imminent first meeting 
>will produce key timelines for additional standards-scoping 
>opportunities.  While this is a matter for the TC to decide, we will 
>suggest that in October you also consider a face-to-face meeting 
>during the 4th quarter 2005, to cement and articulate the TC's 
>workplan for its specific deliverables.
>      As always, we deeply appreciate your contributions to our 
>e-health work as well as your support for open standardization.  We 
>look forward to talking with you at the TC's next meeting.
>      Best regards  Jamie Clark
>~   James Bryce Clark
>~   Director, Standards Development, OASIS
>~   jamie.clark@oasis-open.org

Rex Brooks
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Starbourne Communications Design
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