Attached is a working document from MCHS that is to provide a view point on the organization of a top level healthcare taxonomy. Definitions are crude and it still has some areas that need to be worked out. ~Justin Graff
Thanks for sharing your working document. My name is Scott Tabor and I just recently joined TBM and the Healthcare Workgroup. I am an IT Service Delivery Manager at Mayo Clinic supporting our IT Communications and IT Education efforts within our department.
As I read through your service types I am wondering, instead of virtual care, what about eCare or eHealthcare? Nowadays with so many offerings on the Internet I am wondering if even eCare or eHealthcare is a bit dated, and it shouldn't be iCare or iHealthcare. i being for Internet/intranet.
Just thinking out loud.
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Nice to meet you. It looks like we both have very similar roles within our respective organization. I hope we get a chance to meet in person.
I really didn't like that Category Type hence the question marks. I like the suggestions and will take note of them as the Healthcare group will have a working session at the Cleveland Clinic next week. One thing I struggle over is that the items below Virtual Care are modes of Care Delivery. I am wondering if they are significant to call out in a taxonomy or should they be included with the Care Delivery services defined above. Virtual Care is like looking at the Care Delivery category in a third dimension. It is how some of those services are delivered. Having an in-person working session will help the group settle on how these play into the overall taxonomy. More info to come.
Great question on whether virtual care should be a stand-alone or integrated within other care delivery services. For my organization they have stood up virtual care as an entity with a matrixed relationship with the other care delivery services. I guess it is a fancy way of saying I like the call out of virtual care as its own category. J
I am just getting into this space so I’ve got a lot to learn, but find this to be interesting stuff. By the way I am heading to the ServiceNow Knowledge conference next month to learn more about their IT Business Management module and how others are using it in relationship to TBM.
Interested to hear out the Cleveland Clinic session goes.
I have been have a bit of a think, which is always dangerous, but since the workgroup is meeting next week, I wanted to throw it out there for comment.
In a former life I worked in a Research area that supported a principle research investigator who is world renown for his work on medical taxonomies and ontologies. I led a team of developers that supported an ontology tool called LexEVS. While that might be a bit much for this effort I was wondering if you or anyone on the work group has looked into any open source tools to support taxonomy management? Specifically around storage, visual representation and mapping? These types of tools go a long away when having geographically dispersed individuals working on a shared cause. Excel is a great start, but having a common taxonomy tool might help us better represent and discuss the taxonomy.
If you are interested in these thoughts I would be happy to do some further research to see what might be available, I just wanted to throw it out and see what you or others on the work group thought.
Thanks for time.
Justin - have you and your colleagues at Marshfield Clinic continued to maintain this spreadsheet? Would love to see an updated version if you have one.
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