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May 12, 2017

Workgroup updates

Implementation Taskforce

The PMO has continued to coordinate and facilitate implementation taskforce calls and individual site calls, while adding a monthly all-site call to discuss key topics and issues across all sites.  The draft implementation plan has gone through additional reviews and updates to reflect feedback given by taskforce members. Key milestones for Wave 1 sites have also been added to the implementation plan to track progress. The PMO has documented architecture deviations for each Wave 1 site to highlight differences with each implementation. Initial AIMS onboarding and connectivity activities have begun for Utah; Kansas and Michigan will follow Utah. These initial AIMS activities will feed the onboarding deliverables, and the PMO is working with the AIMS team to ensure everything is captured appropriately.

Strategy Workgroup

The strategy workgroup held two meetings on Monday May 1 and Monday May 15. During these meetings, the workgroup reviewed the charge, discussed assigned deliverables (Digital Bridge roadmap, eCR sustainability plan, and Digital Bridge sustainability plan), and agreed on a timeline for all activities moving forward. The workgroup also discussed the upcoming Digital Bridge Greenhouse meeting and provided feedback on expected meeting outcomes to inform the work of the group moving forward. After the Greenhouse, the workgroup will reconvene and begin meeting weekly to execute on their charge.

Legal and Regulatory

RWJF, APHL and the Digital Bridge PMO have engaged the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP (DWT) to support the development of agreements that can be used by eCR data sharing partners. The team at DWT is led by Adam Greene who has extensive experience in health care, public health and health IT. Using PHII as a point of contact, the legal and regulatory workgroup will provide guidance to the DWT team and feedback on their materials. Regular workgroup meetings are now getting underway with Dr. Walter Suarez of Kaiser Permanente serving as chair.

Evaluation Committee

The evaluation committee kicked off work on April 26. Chaired by Dr. Jeff Engel, CSTE Executive Director, and staffed by MITRE, the committee organized itself into four subgroups to expedite the development of the first deliverable (i.e., an evaluation plan). The subgroups are: set-up and maintenance, overall implementation processes, surveillance functions, and business case. This past week, a fifth subgroup was added to ensure that “digital information exchange and use” was accounted for in the evaluation plan. Committee work is progressing rapidly in the hope of having a draft evaluation plan ready to share with implementation sites and the governance body in mid-June and to finalize with the governance body meeting near the end of July.


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