SOA in Healthcare Workshop: Realizing Quality of Care, Business Value, and Delivery on IT’s Promise,

Focused on Real-World Experiences:

  • Examine Healthcare’s Challenges and SOA’s Role in Meeting Them
  • Benefit from Lessons Learned
  • Gain In-Depth Knowledge on SOA and Health Quality
  • Targeted to a Health-IT Savvy Audience

This workshop will feature numerous case studies, panel discussions and expert presentations.

Highlights include:

Keynote Presentations:

  • The Role of Healthcare IT in Quality Improvement, by Jon White, M.D., Health IT Portfolio Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Integrating Standards to Achieve Semantically Interoperable Healthcare IT Solutions, by Dr. Kenneth Lunn, Director of Data Standards and Products (NHS Connecting for Health, NPFIT, UK)
  • Implementing SOA at the Duke University Health System – The Journey and How It Enabled Big Wins, by Boyd Carlson, Senior Director, Application Development and Integration, Duke Health Technology Solutions

Presentations by Experts from:

Apelon, BlueCross BlueShield Excellus, Booz Allen Hamilton, Boston Medical Center, The Center for Biosecurity and Public Health Informatics Research, Chief Health Informatics Office, VHA, CSC, CSW Group Ltd, EDS, Inpriva, Inc., Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE), Intel Corporation, InterMountain Health Care, Kaiser-Permanente, Military Health System, DoD, MomentumSI, NCI Center for Bioinformatics and Information Technology, Open Health Tools, Rural & Regional Health & Aged Care Services Division, Dept. of Human Services (Victoria, Australia), Siemens Medical Solutions Health Services, and Sun Microsystems, The TriZetto Group, Inc., The University of Texas -Health Sciences Center at Houston, TIBCO Software and University of St. Gallen (Switzerland)

SOA in Health Care Conference — A Call for Abstracts

Ken Rubin writes:

The HSSP effort is pulling together an industry conference entitled "SOA for Health Care".  Note that the event is focused on case-studies around SOA in health care, and is not about the standards themselves. 

We have a preliminary conference site up at:

We are currently soliciting the community for abstracts in the hope of extending the program to include additional valuable contributors whom may not be actively involved with our work already.  Abstracts will be accepted through 31 December.  Those interested in contributing may do so via

Personal Health Record (PHR) Survey

The goal of this survey is to inform and update the standards-development community of the current needs, desires, and trends surrounding the electronic Personal Health Record (PHR) – and its superset, Personal Health Information (which includes natural extensions to PHR’s such as Personal Health Devices). Two international standards-development organizations (International Organization for Standardization – ISO and Health Level Seven – HL7) are collaborating on this survey in hopes of accommodating various business models, policies, and approaches – and fostering an environment that promotes interoperability and innovation worldwide. The survey should take between fifteen and thirty minutes to complete – depending on the amount of supplemental, clarifying information you provide in the “Other, Please Specify” fields. The survey does not have the ability to save work-in-progress for completion at a later time (sorry). Therefore, since some of the questions call for textual input – and since some of that text might already be available in your documents, perhaps it might be good to quickly skim the entire survey before entering your first response. And, of course, those who complete the survey will receive the tabulated results via email. – Thanks so much for your help! Your ISO-HL7 PHR Survey team.

Questions? Clarifications? Contact or

Service Specification Framework — Methodology Update — Semantic Profile

2007-09 OMG Update [ via Ken Rubin ]

A significant discussion around the use, formalism, and expression of semantic profiles occurred at the OMG meeting in Jacksonville. The outcome of the discussion was a representation of a "Semantic Profile" that the group felt brought some additional insight and clarity. The document link following is the result, and enumerates the new structure, along with examples of the impact of this semantic profile construct as relating to HL7 Version 2.5 and HL7 Version 3.0. Note: The intent is that the following will be incorporated into the SSF, either directly or by reference.  2007-09 HSSP Semantic Profile Guidance v1.0

Smart Phone Electronic Medical Record / Mobile Contactless Payment / Remote Monitoring, Developments Toward…

<ed.note>Since vendors are looking at remote monitoring for disease management I should list those as well. I’ll also be on the look out for sensors which are car-based now that wi-fi is available in automobiles. There are some parallel developments which I guess I should mention: Major League Baseball and other event vendors as well as transportation providers and social networks are putting the cell phone closer to the center of their business models. ( Robert Neelbauer on social graphs here — cells will eventually be tracked by them. ) Of course, on the other end of the spectrum is home automation.</ed.note>

Phillips (still using POTS lines)
Nokia’s Intellisync Call Connect for Cisco

Shout out to who usually gets these stories before anyone else.

The Tech Scene: Banking by Cell Phone – This Time It’s for Real?,
Use of Mobile and Wireless Technology Jumps in Hospitals,

iPhone ? ? ? ( Remember Osirix ), icefirst, liferecord, Access, aKos, ARANZ Medical, Asia eHealth presentations, Banco do Brasil, Blackberry [2], Diebold, Docobo, ebay VOIP (Skype), Gemalto, Google [2][3][4], INSIDE Contactless, J/Speedy, mBlox, mFoundry, Microsoft, m-Wallet, Obopay, payWave, Mayo Clinic InTouch, NTT DoCoMo, PayPal Credit Card, Privium, Samsung, telSpace, Telzuit’s Bio-Patch PDA,
Telemedicine & eHealth Directory 2005, Verisign, ViVOtech, FeliCa, [2], Mifare [2], NFC Forum, Blackberry, Ubuntu mobile, Globe Telecom and Smart Communications

Can Medical Banking Connect the Healthcare IT Dots for Politicians?

<ed.note>John Casillas testified today before the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) American Health Information Community concerning the medical banking vision of a unified view and unified platform to connect EHR|PHR, real-time adjudication, Healthcare Savings Accounts, High Deductible Health Plans, Consumer Driven Healthcare. AHIC decided at its November 29, 2005 meeting to form workgroups in the following areas: biosurveillance, consumer empowerment, chronic care, and electronic health records. Subsequently, at the May 16, 2006 Community meeting, two additional groups were formed: the Biosurveillance Data Steering Group as a sub-workgroup within the Biosurveillance Workgroup (renamed Population Health and Clinical Care Connections Workgroup), and the Confidentiality, Privacy & Security Workgroup, which was created as a cross-cutting workgroup responsible for an issue relevant to all the workgroups. More recent, at the August 1, 2006, meeting, the Community formed the Quality Workgroup to address the need for the development of quality measures; and at the October 31, 2006, meeting, the Personalized Healthcare Workgroup was formed to develop and make recommendations on standards for interoperable integration of genomic test information into personal e-health records.</ed.note>

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Alan Honey and John Koisch on Services and the HL7 V3 Messaging Dynamic Model

Alan P. Honey writes:

Attached is a paper written by John Koisch (currently with the VA) and myself which carried out an analysis and comparison of SOA and current/proposed HL7 messaging methodology and artifacts. An earlier overview version of this was presented and discussed in a joint MnM-SOA session in January at San Diego and was also circulated on some lists (SOA at least). We have made a fair number of revisions based on feedback from a number of people. We had discussed having another joint MnM-SOA session in Cologne, but I am not sure we have managed to get it onto the agendas. If we still do, then we can discuss this then, otherwise we can set up a teleconference sometime afterwards. Either way, we are happy to take comments in any form.

Where next is a good question, and to be honest I don’t know. Suggestions welcome :-)

Major HSSP Milestone Achieved [ was Decision Support Service Request for Proposal ]

Ken Rubin writes:

It is my pleasure to have the opportunity to report this exciting news. The HSSP activity reached a major milestone this past Saturday. On saturday, HSSP received a total of eleven "Letters of Intent" from industry indicating there interest in developing software products based upon the HSSP Entity Identification Service (EIS) and Retrieve, Locate, Update Service (RLUS) specifications. To sign an OMG Letter of Intent, organizations are financially committing to develop not only the technical specifications, but to implement those specifications into software, either as commercial or open-source products or as reference implementations. 

This is a major milestone because it demonstrates viable business interest in the work that began last year with the inception of the HL7 Ballot work, and demonstrates that the result of our HL7-OMG collaboration can produce an RFP seen as viable in the marketplace.

I would like to acknowledge the following organizations and congratulate them on their LOI:

Initiate Systems
Ocean Informatics
Satyam Computer Services, Ltd.
Software Partners

Ocean Informatics
Satyam Computer Services, Ltd.
Software Partners

In addition to the above, congratulations to the Decision Support Service activities and Dr. Ken Kawamoto in particular for successfully issuing the DSS RFP to industry. As of now, the DSS RFP is available and OMG is accepting LOI letters from organizations whom have interest in submitting against that effort. DSS worked through this process in record time, due in a large part to the work of Dr. Kawamoto. Congratulations!

Stay tuned for what will be a flurry of upcoming events. HSSP will be meeting next in Cologne at the HL7 Working Group meeting, and will has an out-of-cycle meeting planned in June in Redmond, WA being hosted by Microsoft. In addition, several new HSSP subgroups are kicking-off in the coming weeks. Thanks again to everyone who has been involved in carrying this important work forward.

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