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Conformance SWOT

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SWOT Analysis: Reviewed January 29, 2018 Status: Updated SWOT and Goals


  • People want guidance on implementation and conformance
  • We have qualified team members
  • We have experience with all the product lines
  • We have real-hands-on experience in both implementation and testing


  • Limited resources to support domain work groups conformance initiatives
  • Lack of awareness in other groups
  • Low feedback on open work items


  • FHIR
    • Applying conformance rules to applications
  • Conformance WG = central group to collect information from real projects
  • Modernize HL7 V2
    • Develop migration strategy to modernize V2
  • Vocabulary conformance guidance
  • Define and operationalize the role of a conformance facilitators (approach Project Services, through Project Scope Statements)


  • FHIR
    • Conformance in FHIR is moving forward without Conformance WG participation
    • Implementors are not required to read base specification for FHIR and so are not aware of conformance constructs when using FHIR
  • Duplication of efforts and inconsistent strategy in domain projects in regards conformance
  • Lack of awareness of other groups (working on conformance specifications without notice)
    • Other committees do "their work" without any notification
    • Other committees do work, that should be done by Conformance WG


  • More education, webinars?
  • Create conformance alignment across all product lines (including terminology)
  • Provide consistent common guidance and in-depth guidance for projects
  • Create an FAQ for implementers (website)
  • Get more people involved in the Conformance WG
  • Engage with other work groups that are creating conformance guidance
  • Clarify with TSC about our mission and responsibilities
  • Assign conformance facilitator role to qualified individuals