Research Remix

October 8, 2008

Requesting feedback on open process for content standard dev

Filed under: Uncategorized — Heather Piwowar @ 2:22 pm

Our innovative and active center for dental informatics is doing some great work.  Anyone have feedback on the request below?  Contact Titus directly.

Subject: Development of an open-source standard for the content of
patient records in general dentistry

Hi everybody,

As some of you may know, we are working on an information model for
patient records in general dentistry. Amit Acharya, a visiting scholar
in the Department of Biomedical Informatics, has been focusing most of
his energy on that project. We have now accumulated a relatively large
list (approximately 1,300 entries) of data elements that could become
part of the information model. This project is part of the portfolio of
the American Dental Association’s Standards Committee for Dental
Informatics (SCDI).

We now face the challenge of validating the list and, later on,
structuring it into an information model. One of the approaches we have
discussed is to do this through an open-source approach with broad input
from many constituencies. Clearly, that is what the SCDI process
entails. However, the old-fashioned approach to developing standards
(production of a draft in a working group over a certain length of time,
posting for All-Interested-Parties comment, reconciliation of input
received, etc.) is somewhat clumsy and cumbersome.

We would like to harness the power of the Internet for this instead
(broad dissemination of early drafts, open annotation of data elements,
some editorial process to keep the whole project in bounds, etc.). We
were wondering whether anyone has seen this kind of approach for
development of a content standard. As is obvious from my comments, we
are looking for a lightweight, agile process that produces results
faster than traditional bureaucratic processes.

If you have any ideas about this, please let us know.

Thanks

Titus

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