Workgroups

eCR Implementation Taskforce

The eCR implementation taskforce is charged with oversight and coordination of the technical implementation of the Digital Bridge electronic case reporting (eCR) approach during project Phase 3 (February 2017- December 2017). Within scope is managing the technical implementations and producing products that describe what occurs during implementation. Individual site implementation issues and open conversations among sites will be discussed during site specific meetings, and legal and regulatory issues will be addressed by other workgroups.

Objectives:

  • Advise the Digital Bridge governance body in setting expectations and/or objectives for project Phase 3 eCR implementations
  • Develop standard guidance and procedures for establishing routine electronic exchanges of public health reportable conditions data among health care and public health agencies in conformance with the Digital Bridge eCR approach (i.e., technical architecture, and technical and business requirements)
  • Identify and document technical and process deviations from the envisioned Digital Bridge eCR approach by tracking and presenting issues, risks and action items across pilot sites
  • Provide ad hoc consultations to the Digital Bridge teams that are evaluating the eCR implementation and working on legal and regulatory issues

Please see the detailed charge for more information on specific deliverables and membership.

Strategy Workgroup

The strategy workgroup is charged with identifying and defining strategic goals and objectives for Digital Bridge, as well as devising and recommending strategies for long-term sustainability. All issues and plans regarding Digital Bridge sustainability and strategic direction are in scope for the strategy workgroup. Final approvals or acceptances of any strategic plans will be the decision of the full Digital Bridge governance body.

Objectives:

  • Advise the governance body in setting strategic goals and objectives for the Digital Bridge initiative
  • Advise Digital Bridge event and meeting planners regarding the goals, objectives and target outcomes of governance body discussions or strategic issues
  • Guide and oversee program management office (PMO) in work to develop the strategy workgroup deliverables (i.e., Digital Bridge roadmap; Digital Bridge sustainability plan; eCR sustainability plan)
  • Identify strategic opportunities for the Digital Bridge mission and vision

Please see the detailed charge for more information on specific deliverables and membership.

Evaluation Committee

The evaluation committee is charged with overseeing, coordinating and advising evaluation activities of the Digital Bridge electronic case reporting (eCR) approach to be implemented during project Phase 3 (March 2017- February 2018). Within scope are any and all activities that will provide the Digital Bridge governance body with information regarding the process and outcomes of eCR implementation during Phase 3.

Objectives:

  • Advise the development of an integrated plan for evaluation activities that will inform Digital Bridge governance body decisions (see scope for plan contents)
  • Develop surveys, guides and protocols that will be used to collect evaluation data
  • Identify evaluator(s) to conduct the evaluation
  • Provide support to the implementation sites and evaluators, including
    1. Aiding evaluators in identifying other relevant activities and reports
    2. Providing routine and ad hoc consultations to evaluators as evaluation data are collected
  • Ensure the accuracy of evaluation conclusions and/or recommendations drawn by evaluators
  • Advise the Digital Bridge governance body in using evaluation findings for decisions that regard outcomes of eCR implementations during Phase 3

Please see the detailed charge for more information on specific deliverables and membership.

Legal and Regulatory Workgroup

The Digital Bridge legal and regulatory workgroup is charged with identifying and defining the best available legal approaches to eCR, recommending alternative technical approaches to make eCR more feasible from legal and regulatory perspectives, and providing feedback to the law firm retained by the Digital Bridge project management office (PMO) for project Phase 3.

Objectives:

  • Advise the development of model or template legal instruments (e.g., business associate agreement, etc.) for Digital Bridge project Phase 3 eCR implementations
  • Advise the PMO in surveys of legal and regulatory issues relevant to eCR implementation and health information exchange between health care and public health
  • Advise the development of a long-term legal and regulatory strategy that the Digital Bridge may use to advance bi-directional public health data exchange for various use cases
  • Advise the Digital Bridge governance body in using the findings to set strategic goals and objectives

Please see the detailed charge for more information on specific deliverables and membership.

**Work for the Phase 3 workgroups (requirements, technical architecture, sustainability and legal and regulatory) has been completed, and finished products can be found on the resources page.