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CMHAFF call, Tuesday June 13

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Attendees: David Tao, Gora Datta, Harry Rhodes, Paul Petronelli

Most of the meeting was spent reviewing the French mHealth Good Practice Guidelines) and impact on cMHAFF. We agreed that the French guidelines are an impressive document. They are more comprehensive than cMHAFF, and they are more of a "checklist" rather than standards-like "conformance statements" but could be translated into language suitable for a standard. This would be a lot of work, and would require considerable review and vetting, since many topics would not have been discussed before. However, the French guidelines have the benefit of extensive review by many stakeholders, plus an extensive bibliography.

The question was raised as to why France or other organizations would be interested in cMHAFF, if they already have their own guidelines? Gora said that EU countries have a high interest in being aligned with standards, and would have strong interest in seeing that their work is factored into HL7. He also said that the afternoon (US) time is tough for Europe to participate, and that morning times should be considered.

Two options for moving cMHAFF forward were discussed:

  • Second Comment-Only ballot, for September cycle. This would not lock us in to either STU or Informative, and would not take as much work as getting an STU prepared (which is not feasible, given limited time and resources, to do by early August, which would be necessary to make a September ballot).
  • STU Ballot, target for January.

UPDATE: On the MH Friday call on June 16th, we agreed to proceed directly to STU for January, rather than an interim ballot in September.

To do the extensive amount of review of the French material and incorporate appropriate parts into cMHAFF, we'll need more lengthy working sessions. Gora said he could recruit additional attendees, especially from Europe. If we have these sessions and they involve persons in Europe, we'll schedule them much earlier in the day.

POST MEETING ADDENDUM:

  • PRIOR TO JUNE 20th, PLEASE REVIEW THE FRENCH GOOD PRACTICE GUIDELINES AND CONSIDER WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO INCORPORATE A LARGE AMOUNT OF IT INTO CMHAFF.
  • David will send a special email, asking for European involvement and asking whether folks would be interested in participating in a special set of morning (US time) meetings to incorporate European work into cMHAFF.