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The first is to inform readers of news and happenings in the e-Health domain, both here in Australia and world-wide.
The second is to provide commentary on e-Health in Australia and to foster improvement where I can.
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Sunday, February 01, 2015
It Looks Like E-Health Standards Setting In Australia Has Gone Down The Gurgler. Just Astonishing!
This e-mail was sent out a few days ago….
From: xxx.xxx [email@example.com] Sent: Friday, 23 January 2015 2:05 PM To: Subject: Invitation to nominate a representative for Standards Australia Technical Committee IT 014- Health Informatics
Standards Australia is currently reconstituting Technical Committee IT-014, Health Informatics which will mirror the work of ISO TC 215, Health Informatics ( Please refer to the attached Terms of Reference)
xxx.xxx has represented xxx on IT-014 in the past and if you would like xxx to remain as your representative then please advise by email.
If you wish to nominate a new representative please forward the name and contact details of the proposed representative to me before close of business Tuesday 24 February 2015.
Whilst there is no immediate active forward work program for the committee, IT-014 maintains a very important role as the Australian mirror committee to the ISO TC 215. Work will continue in relation to mirroring ISO TC-215, and access to funding support to attend international meetings may be available under Standards Australia’s Support for Industry Service Organisations.
In the event that IT-014 undertakes work on the development of Australian Standards in the future, or the IT-014 secretary calls a meeting of members, it will be desirable that the Committee Members attend the meetings in person. However we understand that it is not always possible to attend in person. As such, Standards Australia will make audio, video and web-conferencing facilities available to members if necessary. Alternatively, a deputy may attend on behalf of the IT-014 member.
IT-14 - The relevant Standards Committee has now been given the following (undated ) Terms of Reference:
TERMS OF REFERENCE IT-014
Committee No IT-014
Committee Name Health Informatics
1 Prime Function
1.1 Terms of Reference
On behalf of Standards Australia as the national member body participating in International Standardization Organization (ISO) to provide Australian input and review to ISO TC 215 and any other relevant groups established within ISO. As mirror committee to ISO TC 215 Heath Informatics, IT-014 contributes to standardisation in the field of health informatics, to facilitate the coherent and consistent interchange and use of health-related data, information, and knowledge to support and enable all aspects of the health system.
The mission of the IT-014 committee is to contribute to the development of international health informatics standards through participation on ISO TC 215 Health Informatics.
2 Inclusions and Exclusions: (as appropriate)
3 Participation in International Standardization:
Participation in the work of international technical committees, subcommittees and working groups of ISO TC 215 Health Informatics.
4 Other information
To liaise informally with other Standards Australia committees whose work relates to aspects of IT-
014, such as:
(a) IT-12 Information Security
(b) IT-21 Records Management Systems, and
(c) HE-31 Traditional Chinese Medicine.
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So what we are being told is we are no longer developing E-Health Standards and have no Work Plan to do so - with our only role being to review what comes from overseas.