Dear SCATA Member
I hope you and your friends and family had a good festive break.
Due to personal circumstances, our Treasurer and Membership Secretary Andrew Norton has had to step down at short notice. In the interim, please continue to direct all membership and financial enquiries to [email protected] We'll aim to respond to these in a timely manner.
In other news, the International HL7 Devices Working Group met this week and Martin Hurrell's "Project Scope Statement" (PSS) for a FHIR Implementation Guide (IG) was tabled as an agenda item. With both Martin and Grant on the call, a number of questions were asked, mostly clarification of the relationship between our proposed IG and the existing FHIR IG for ISO/IEEE 11073 Point of Care Devices (PoCD). Martin has agreed to respond to these points and submit an amended proposal for the next Devices WG meeting, although it may be possible to take it to a vote before then. Acceptance of the PSS is an essential step in the process of building the FHIR IG for the intra-operative phase of anesthesia.
On that topic, the SCATA Open Standards Working Group have set Monday 7th Feb 2022 for a meeting in Manchester. At the moment, it's just Martin, JP and Grant confirming attendance, but any SCATA member interested in participating is welcome. There is a lot of background material available in the SCATA Slack Channel - please ask for an invitation if you'd like to get access to it.
Before the break, the SCATA committee authored a proposal and review paper for the RCoA and AAGBI, with the aim of encouraging them to participate in the information standards work as "external collaborators". As indicated in an earlier newsletter, the ASA in the US have written to Martin confirming that they wish to be identified as an external collaborator for the FHIR IG project which was great news. We expect the UK bodies to respond within the next few weeks.
The OpenEHR Assisted Ventilation group is currently in hiatus as there has been some restructuring within the Clinical Modelling team, but it's expected that it will re-start soon. Grant is working with another group that are modelling haemodialysis and filtration as part of a wider international effort to establish a registry, with the ultimate aim of facilitating clinical research and sharing best practice in this aspect of RRT. Please contact Grant for further info.
In the meantime, stay safe and see you in February.
JP Lomas (@jplomas)
Grant Forrest (@digitalgasdoc)
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