GDC Minutes 2022-10-05

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Meeting Recording


  • Participants
  • Michael Nusbaum, IHE Canada Co-Chair)
  • Derek Ritz, IHE Canada
  • John Moehrke, IHE USA
  • Joyce Sensmeier, IHE USA
  • Salt, IHE Japan
  • Tie Tjee, IHE Netherlands
  • Vince McCauley
  • Dewinder Bhachu, IHE UK
  • Approval of agenda
  • Approved
  • Permission to record this session
  • Permission granted

National Deployment Committees

  • No reports to review this meeting

Special Presentation

  • Title: IHE’s role in WHO’s digital health agenda… and WHO’s role in ours
  • Speaker: Derek Ritz - IHE Canada
  • Abstract: WHO’s department of Digital Health & Innovation (DHI) was established Mar-6, 2019. Unsurprisingly, the early work of this new department has been largely focused on the COVID-19 response. Multiple specifications and reports released by DHI have named IHE’s specifications directly and / or in the context the OpenHIE blueprint that leverages IHE profiles as its foundation. IHE’s conformance-testing capabilities play a foundational role in WHO’s plans for digital health public goods. For IHE’s part, the refreshed IHE Strategic Plan explicitly references WHO as a key tactical collaborator and calls out the important role IHE can and should play in supporting digital health uptake by LMICs. The Oct-5 GDC presentation will highlight ways IHE’s global public goods are being leveraged by WHO and, in turn, the ways WHO’s digital health initiatives are tactically important to IHE’s refreshed Strategic Plan.
  • References:
Future Presentations and tentative schedule 2022
  • Nov (US/EU): tbd
  • Dec(EU/Asia): tbd

Global Consortium for eHealth Interoperability Update

  • No report provided

Open Forum (informal information sharing)

Other business

  • Follow-up to the Special Presentation
  • Derek Ritz's presentation generated a lot of discussion about how IHE needs to mobilize to EXECUTE on the tactics articulated in the new Strategic Plan
  • It was agreed that Mike would request an agenda item on the upcoming IHE Board call, and that he and Derek would prepare a "call to action" with specific recommendations on moving forward with tactical initiatives

Next meeting

  • Wednesday, November 2, 2022, 09:00-10:00pam CT (EU/US friendly time)

Global Deployment Coordination Committee