GDC Minutes 2020-12-02

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Welcome

  • Participants
  • Jürgen Brandstätter
  • Tie Tjee
  • Vince McCauley
  • Stephane Spahni
  • Approval of agenda
  • Approved

National Deployment Committees

  • New Reports
  • Waiting for representation from IHE Germany to present report


Discuss 2021 meeting schedule

  • Participation is reportedly low with staggered schedule meant to accommodate various regions/time zones
  • Discussion
  • Jürgen: Yes, has not approved in terms of numbers of participants, but we now have people in the loop, which were not there before (Aus, Kor, Jap)
  • Vince: The staggering is important, because otherwise Australia could never have been present. Participation of Asia was quite ok all of the time in the Asian-friendly calls.
  • Stephane: The US calls have same attendance as before, so in total it's even a slight increase in number of partipcation
  • All: Much more diverse participation with the staggered schedule (in terms of people and countries)
  • Tie: Number of partipication is not a matter of the schedule -> we need topics to increase participation (problem-based approach)
  • All: The staggered schedule is "enabling" participation better as the schedule before
  • Unanimously conclusion: let's keep the staggered schedule


Global Consortium for eHealth Interoperability Update

  • Status
  • Vince: Nominations for the committees feel pretty US-centric. There is no Asian participation at all, hardly few from Europe
  • Tie: ad strategic members: the consortium must provide benefits to those strategic members. Also lookout for other sectors.
  • Messages to the consortium (Jürgen forwards to GCeHI EB)
  • Make sure that it's nominations to committees are "international"


Engagement of Deployment Committees

  • General to work-items
  • Result of: Confirmation of work-item approvals with whole GDC committee by email (Jürgen)
  • Decision: Work-items have had a turnaround through regions with objections -> they are approved


  • Work item: Interesting presentations could be included in the agenda on a regular basis
  • Purpose: "US/Asia/Europe slots" for such presentations of "interesting topic of the country" (maybe 3/6 times a year)
  • Expected result: more participation in GDC calls
  • Process: Call for presentations to DCs -> make long-term presentation schedule -> do proper advertising and invite (also board)
  • Status work item: Active
  • Decision on process:
  • Step 1: Prominent announcement of the presentation slot (mentioning the GDC call) to GDC and Board
  • Step 2: Presentations given once (in just one GCD call)
  • Step 3: Presentation will be cut out of the general recording and advertised for offline viewing in dedicated emails to the GDC and Board
  • Step 4: Replay presentation in the complementary slot (where the presenting region is not attending)
  • Step 5: Enlist presentation in a "libarary of presentations" on GDC Wiki
  • Presentation slots to be scheduled:
  • European X-eHealth project is strategically important for Europe, but other regions would be interested in follow-up
  • Decision: regular presentations on the project course desired (Jürgen)
  • Action item: Prepare presentation for February slot (Jürgen)
  • Australia: National approach to Health IT Standards selection (Vince)
  • Action item: Prepare presentation for March slot (Vince)


  • Work item: Activity measurements
  • Purpose: Find activity measurements (fees, reporting, ...) for distinguishing active from passive Deployment Committees and find a concept for Deployment Committees not paying their membership fees
  • Status work item: On hold - waiting for IHE Europe input, results brought to this group as base for staring the work-item
  • Status Action Items
  • Report IHE Europe status and outcomes (Jürgen)
  • Skipped due to time


  • Work item: How can we support national Deployment Committees?
  • "Good experiences" is an important way to support, develop a guideline of success factors, any help regarding getting membership
  • e.g., by setting up work-items/activities/etc. on International level, which are "so interesting" for countries, to that they can use it to advertise local membership
  • Status work item: On hold - waiting for IHE Europe input, results brought to this group as base for staring the work-item::* Pending confirmation
  • Status Action Items
  • Report IHE Europe status and outcomes (Jürgen)
  • Skipped due to time


  • Work item: Sharpening the role and purpose of Deployment Committees
  • Purpose: Upgrade the governance document, not sure, if hard constraints can be applied, but at least some more guidance, what we expect from a Deployment Committee
  • Status work item: Not started yet due to bandwidth - pending other work-items to finish first


Any other business

  • AeHIN Meeting (virtual): "Strengthening Regional Health Systems Response to COVID-19: Digital Health Experiences in Asia"
  • Report out of Netherlands (Tie)
  • Developments in other sectors: Netherland's "Forum standardization"
  • Led by the Ministry of Economic affairs, ALL ministries involved
  • Director of that forum was at IHE EU Connectathon in Den Haag and said "I was inspired"
  • Invited Tie to present the IHE methodology in front of all sectors (session is next week)
  • Clear indication that the methodology shall be applied to all sectors (not only eHealth)


Next meeting

  • Wednesday, January 6th, 06:00-07:00pm CT (US/Asia friendly)


Global Deployment Coordination Committee