Per discussion at last week's AWG, attached is Jack Taylor's draft letter to OSEHRA board.
I am working on issue slides to present to IPO, which I will post this weekend for review and comment..
REQUESTED ACTION: Please provide suggestions for improvement.
To: OSEHRA BOARD
Subject: iEHR and OSEHRA – Increasing collaboration
Date: 17 July 2012
1. The OSEHRA Architecture Work Group (AWG) has been assembled and active since September of 2011, and now has 127 engaged participants from VA, DoD and industry. The AWG has produced relevant documentation in architecture to its schedule including the VistA OpenSource migration progression, and compiled an extensive library of related documentation to OSEHRA, the related VA-DoD integrated Electronic Health Record (iEHR), and the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER).
2. The AWG has been briefed by the iEHR SOA-ESB program manager, Dr. Patrick Pearcy on the essentials of that critical project and has conducted discussions within the AWG on that project and on the additional, more recent Requests for Information (RFI) for the iEHR capabilities. The discussions in the AWG have focused upon the appropriate architectural aspects of these RFIs and there is a concern that the content and value of these discussions, by recognized experts in the field is not being brought into the analysis and decision processes of the iEHR under the Integrated Program Office (IPO).
3. Individual members of the AWG do attend some of the iEHR related IPO meetings and some are participating in the meetings of the Interagency Clinical Informatics Board (ICIB) where iEHR capability prioritization is established and Capability Integrated Product Teams (CIPT) are chartered and engaged to the definition of specific requirements, business functional architecture documentation and architectural/technical feasibility is assessed.
4. The AWG has concerns about the open-source communities ability to participate in iEHR. The AWG would like to propose a briefing to be provided back through the IPO with specific insights from the OSEHRA perspective on both the overall approach and on a capability by capability basis ongoing. We feel this will “instantiate” the relationship of OSEHRA to the iEHR and VLER as depicted in the graphic below.