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OASIS TC: International Health Continuum (IHC)

OASIS TC Call for Participation: International Health Continuum (IHC)

Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2004 08:16:28 -0400
From:      Karl F. Best <>
Subject:   OASIS TC Call for Participation:  Int'l Health Continuum  TC

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, 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 TC. For OASIS members, to register for the TC using the OASIS collaborative tools, go to the TC's public web page at and click on the button for "Join This TC" at the top of the page. You may add yourself to the roster of the TC either as a Prospective Member (if you intend to become a member of the TC) or an Observer. A notice will automatically be sent to the TC chair, which fulfills requirement #2 above.

OASIS members may also join the TC after the first meeting. Note that membership in OASIS TCs is by individual, and not by organization.

Non-OASIS members may read the TC's mail list archive, view the TC's web page, and send comments to the TC using a web form available on the TC's web page; click the "Send A Comment" button. The archives of the TC's mail list and public comments are visible at

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
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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 technologies.

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.

  • To work with other OASIS channels (e.g., 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 organizations

  • 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 continuum
  • 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.

Additional Information

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
  • DISA
  • EPR Forum
  • HL7
  • IHE
  • OASIS eGov TC
  • OMG
  • UN/CEFACT Healthcare Committee
  • WEDI
  • HR-XML Consortium
  • OAG
  • 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.

TC Proposers

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


The name and email address of the TC Convener:

DeLeys Brandman
CommerceNet Consortium

Proposed TC Chair

DeLeys Brandman
CommerceNet Consortium


Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive.


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