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A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS International 
Health Continuum (IHC) Technical Committee has been proposed by the 
following members of OASIS: DeLeys Brandman, CommerceNet; Ian Jones, 
British Telecommunications; Torsten Kirchner, National Insurance 
Administration of Norway; Naren Nagpal, ReadiMinds; Manoj Saxena, Webify 
Solutions; Kumar Sivaraman, SeeBeyond Technology Corporation; and the 
following Individual members: Ed Dodds, Dr. Peter Elkin, and Dan Pattyn.

The proposal for a new TC meets the requirements of the OASIS TC Process 
(see http://oasis-open.org/committees/process.shtml), and is appended to 
this message. The TC name, statement of purpose, scope, list of 
deliverables, audience, and language specified in the proposal will 
constitute the TC's charter. The TC Process allows these items to be 
clarified (revised); such clarifications (revisions), as well as 
submissions of technology for consideration by the TC and the beginning 
of technical discussions, may occur no sooner than the TC's first meeting.

As specified by the OASIS TC Process, the requirements for becoming a 
member of the TC at the first meeting are that you must 1) be an 
employee of an OASIS member organization or an Individual member of 
OASIS; 2) notify the TC chair of your intent to participate at least 15 
days prior to the first meeting; and 3) attend the first meeting of the 
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Further information about the topic of this TC may be found on the Cover
Pages under XML in Clinical Research and Healthcare Industries at 


Karl F. Best
Vice President, OASIS
office  +1 978.667.5115 x206     mobile +1 978.761.1648
karl.best@oasis-open.org      http://www.oasis-open.org

Name of the TC

OASIS International Health Continuum (IHC) Technical Committee

Statement of Purpose

Healthcare mistakes claim numerous lives around the world every year, 
including up to 100,000 in the United States alone. Costs have increased 
globally at double digit rates over the last three years. While there 
are many standards organizations that work to standardize transactions 
in the healthcare “vertical” space (e.g. clinical, administrative, 
pharmaceutical, supplies and devices, insurance, government etc.) there 
is little attention being paid to the continuum of health; defined for 
our purposes as the “horizontal” standards allowing all related 
verticals to interoperate through the use of web services tools and 

As a secondary goal, competing international standards (in the 
verticals) are beginning to appear. This is evident in the standards by 
CEN and HL7 in the Electronic Health Record (EHR). While each is a 
worthy effort, international healthcare standards may diverge toward 
regional preferences. A goal of the committee will be to promote 
international healthcare standards interoperability regardless of 
geographic location. This is particularly important to OASIS membership 
since many are global organizations who will not want standards to be 
regional or “national.”

Accordingly, the purpose of the new OASIS International Health Continuum 
TC will be as follows:

* To provide a forum for companies on the Healthcare continuum 
internationally to voice their needs and requirements with respect to 
XML and Web Services based standards which can be handed off to relevant 
OASIS TCs (if they exist) or cause the formation of TCs for needs that 
are not currently being addressed.

* To provide a mechanism for the creation of best practice documents 
relative to the adoption of OASIS specs/standards within Healthcare 
systems internationally and across vertical standards organizations

* To promote the adoption of OASIS specs/standards within Healthcare 
(including all bi-directional forms: P2G, P2B, P2C, P2P), which could 
include the creation of implementation-oriented pilot projects to 
involve software vendors and participating healthcare professionals to 
demonstrate the use of OASIS specs/standards.

* tTo work with other OASIS channels (e.g. XML.org for schema registry 
and/or information portal, e-Gov, EPR – Electronic processes), act as a 
clearinghouse of information related to applicable specs/standards as 
well as activities and projects being conducted in Healthcare around the 
adoption of XML-based systems and standards.

Because of the very wide range of topics encompassed by the term 
“e-Health” it is expected that several sub-committees of the TC will be 
formed to address specific issues. These subcommittees might include 
(but not be limited to) “healthcare banking”, “healthcare networks”, 
“healthcare ontologies”, “population health evaluations”, “health care 
process”, and “health epidemiology alert and response” just to name a few.

Scope of work

The scope of the committee's work will include the use of OASIS and 
other standards (both healthcare and non-healthcare related) for 
interoperability utilizing web services as practical. For example, there 
is a clear use case for many of the HL7 standards which are clearly 
healthcare related, but there are also compelling reasons to adopt and 
recommend RosettaNet PIPs for the standardization of administrative, and 
potentially clinical, processes.

The proposers do not anticipate the development of standards in the 
committee unless it becomes clear that there are deficiencies in the 
existing vertical standards or clear voids in required interoperability 
across the horizontal interoperability channels.  Therefore, the initial 
scope of the TC is only to assess the state of Web Services within the 
healthcare industry, gather requirements for work needed to be done, and 
only in exceptional cases develop standards.

List of Deliverables

First 12 months
* Create liaisons with each of the major health continuum standards 
* Produce a healthcare interoperability report including:
   - Process map of healthcare processes (internal and external)
   - List and discussion of existing standards for addressing the processes
   - Gap analysis
   - Recommendations to fill gaps, including the formation of new TCs at 
OASIS, and guidance to existing OASIS TCs or to other organizations

Ongoing TC work
* Monitoring and promotion of healthcare interoperability
* Promotion of OASIS Standards within
   - Governments
   - Companies
   - Vendors
   - Health continuum members identified in the process map
* Determine need for technical work, and develop proposals for new OASIS 
TCs to develop specifications to fill gaps
* Continue liaison activities

The TC will know that its work is completed when there are complete and 
standard solutions for healthcare interoperability.


The audience of the TC work is anticipated to be:

* “Upstream/Downstream” focused employees of all companies in the health 
* IT vendors desirous of interoperability along the continuum.
* IT vendors presently focused on a vertical market, desirous of 
expanding their focus.
* Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) attempting to coordinate 
their efforts with strategic partners outside their immediate vertical.
* Government entities focused on improving the performance of the entire 
health continuum.


The TC will conduct business in English.

Other Information not part of the TC's charter

Identification of similar or applicable work

The proposers anticipate that the TC will establish liaison with other 
organizations doing similar or related work, including the following:

- RosettaNet
- EPR Forum
- HL7
- UN/CEFACT Healthcare Committee
- HR-XML Consortium
- ANSI X12
- ISO SG 215
- W3C

Date and time of the first meeting

The first meeting of the TC will be held as a teleconference on 2 
September 2004 at 9:00 a.m. ET, hosted by CommerceNet.

The first face-to-face meeting will be held in Brussels in conjunction 
with the OASIS Fall conference the week of 4 October 2004, hosted by OASIS.

The projected on-going meeting schedule

Monthly conference calls on the third Thursday (Friday in Asia and 
Australia) of each month, except for September and October of 2004. 
Times will rotate to accommodate different time zones. Calls will be 
hosted by CommerceNet.

The names, electronic mail addresses, and membership affiliations of 
Eligible Persons

- DeLeys Brandman, dbrandman@commerce.net, CommerceNet
- Ed Dodds, dodds@e-dodds.com, Individual member
- Dr. Peter Elkin, elkin.peter@mayo.edu, Individual Member
- Ian Jones, ian.c.jones@bt.com, British Telecommunications
- Torsten Kirchner, torsten.kirschner@trygdeetaten.no, National 
Insurance Administration of Norway
- Naren Nagpal, naren.nagpal@readiMinds.com, ReadiMinds
- Dan Pattyn, danpattyn@austin.rr.com, Individual Member
- Manoj Saxena, manoj.saxena@webifysolutions.com, Webify Solutions
- Kumar Sivaraman,  Kumarsivaraman@Seebeyond.com, SeeBeyond Technology 

The name and email address of the TC Convener

DeLeys Brandman
CommerceNet Consortium

Proposed Chair

DeLeys Brandman
CommerceNet Consortium


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