User Tools

Site Tools


EMR Subgroup Agenda for 2018-12-04


Welcome and Opening Statements

In attendance:

  • Rich Bloch (Recording)
  • Robert Coli
  • Sonia
  • Steven
  • 16613804776 (Mikhail Elias)


  • If you’re new to the subgroup, please…
    • Introduce yourself
    • Tell us where you're geographically located
    • Share with us your interests in healthcare in general, and blockchain technologies in specific, with emphasis in EHR/EMRs

Community Announcements

  • Feel free to share your community announcements as they relate to the Hyperledger community

Old Business

  • Status from Ad Hoc Subgroup Review Team (Benjamin Djidi, Mikhail Elias, Steven Elliot, Robert Coli, and Sonia Wagner, Lead)
  • * Discussion: continued discussions of understanding the focus of this subgroup, and the broader implications of approaching our work from a different perspective
  • Confirmation that the EMR Subgroup, as previously defined, should be disbanded
    • Discussion: recommendations/nominations?
  • It's the decision of the active members of the EMR Subgroup, and the larger Ad Hoc Subgroup Review Team to disband the subgroup in the shorter term, as its initial charter/purpose, as stated, was unclear
  • Rich will follow up with Hyperledger leadership to determine how best to make use of this meeting time slot
  • This decision does not suggest that the HLHC-SIG will not entertain a future motion to reconstitute a SIG subgroup with a focus on EHR/EMRs

New Business

  • Discussion: “a bottom up approach” email follow up (Steven Elliot)
  • Good general discussion around how a future subgroup will need to consider a more global (non-US) understanding of healthcare systems, whether public or private: we cannot be limited to a purely US-centric view of healthcare solutions (Mikhail)
  • High level of continuing interest in an Interoperability Subgroup, or some form of communications channel that takes into account the cross-cutting nature of healthcare interoperability and blockchain technologies (Steven)
  • Also a continued interest expressed in a future Public Health Subgroup, depending in large part on how the SIG re-aligned itself going forward (Mikhail)
  • Bob introduced the group to the Healthcare Services Platform Consortium (HSPC), indicating that this group is doing some similar work with interoperability
  • HSPC has some very big players in this space: Commonwell Health Alliance, Intermountain Healthcare, Care Equality, Cerner (creator), and others
  • A mention that the HSPC might be tightly-wedded with Cerner (the #2 EHR vendor in the US)
  • No known work being done in the HSPC using blockchain technologies
  • Also a note that the HSPC might be US-centric (a counterpoint that there's work being done with the HSPC in Africa)
  • Steven indicated that it'd be useful to consider the HSPC as a good resource in the future, perhaps a collaborator on some kind of future Hyperledger healthcare project/service
  • Blockchain technologies using AI/predictive analytics/machine learning may be another area of future SIG subgroup interest
  • Mention that India is significantly growing their investments in country-wide healthcare systems, many solutions heavily tech-centric
  • Sonia asked and agreed to continue to lead the Ad Hoc Subgroup Review Team
  • Sonia urged that we need to push to generate something concrete (a project or POC), but we need goals at the SIG level
  • Rich indicated that this team (Ad Hoc team) will need to push the discussion “up” to the SIG level to engage membership, and particularly subgroup leads
  • This EMR Subgroup focus needs to segue into a broader, membership-wide discussion that looks at SIG level changes in the coming year (2019)
  • Mikhail asked that it would be good to put together some kind of plan or shorter-term goal (Steven in agreement)
  • Some discussion on perhaps some level of confusion between what this team is proposing going forward (“what's the take-away?”)
  • Steven indicated that we should be focussed on developing a architecture for pluggable services
  • Sonia indicated that she believes that all subgroup leads do need to understand what this team is proposing
  • Some disconnect on where this Ad Hoc team needs to go next (need “clarity of vision” and another meeting before 12/14)

Next Meeting

  • Scheduled for Tuesday, 12/18, 0800 Pacific Time
  • Discussion: topics to add to agenda?
groups/healthcare/2018_12_04_ehr_hcwg.txt · Last modified: 2018/12/04 21:13 by Rich Bloch