Welcome to the HealthDWG web


The OGC Health Domain Working Group enables OGC to identify and work with a representative group of market participants in the identification and prioritization of use cases, business and technical requirements that will provide the most significant value, or mitigate the most significant risks in this arena. Through efforts to identify requirements, gaps in standards and opportunities for demonstration, an OGC Health Domain Working Group (OGC Health DWG) contributes to development of open mapping standards in support of health marketplace requirements. Through bringing together geospatial vendors and end-users, the OGC Health DWG helps to cultivate technical solutions which support interoperable concepts, data definitions, formats and services for publishing, search, and exchange of geospatial information. More information on the OGC portal.

This wiki provides information about the current and planned work of the OGC Health DWG.


The OGC Health DWG arranges regular (monthly) teleconferences to advance activities which support members and address geospatial data and web service interoperability needs, as stated in our Charter. The OGC Health DWG workplan is developed with input of the working group members. This may include, but is not limited to, convening the working group around specific issues, identifying opportunities for interoperability demonstration, and strengthening market awareness and adoption of OGC standards in service of health-related needs.


Details for upcoming OGC Health DWG teleconferences and meetings will be posted here, and in the OGC Member Portal.

Please join the list-serve for announcements: https://lists.opengeospatial.org/mailman/listinfo/health.dwg

The OGC Health Domain Working Group held a teleconference February 10th, 2014, to help prioritize needs and activities of the Health DWG in 2014.

The OGC Health DWG met during the OGC-TC, March 27th, 2014. A report of the meeting was prepared for the OGC-TC plenary and distributed via the Health DWG listserve. After introductions and update from Chair, there was an introduction to WMO High Impact Weather Research Program ( WMO_Research_Programme.pdf) and invitation for members of the Health DWG to participate. At the meeting, a motion was successful, to motion the OGC TC to approve the nomination of a co-chair for the Health DWG. Participants discussed at a high-level some of the possible driving scenarios / areas of mutual need (interoperability) that could become the focus of our activities this year, or for future requests for sponsors and interoperability projects/demonstrations. Action items were recorded, including the need to advance cross-SDO activities (e.g. with HL7) and collaboration with other key programs/organizations, and populate this listserve with 'wish-list' items (by Health DWG members).

The most recent OGC Health Domain Working Group was held on June 10, 2014, during the OGC-TC. The meeting took place at World Meteorological Organization, in Geneva.

The Agenda for the session is below. Presentations are linked.

1) Welcome Statement (co-chairs) - ( OGC_Health_DWG_Agenda_June_10_v3.pdf) - 3 minutes
2) Draft HL7-OGC Statement of Understanding (SOU) – Brief update by Eddie Oldfield, followed by discussion to identify discreet areas of work / IEs – 10 minutes
3) WHO eHealth standardization – ( eHealth_Standardization_and_Interoperability_efforts.pdf) - Presentation by Dr. Ramesh Krishnamurthy, WHO, followed by discussion to identify areas of work – 15 minutes
4) EU Location Framework “leveraging OGC TJS using EuroStats Health data and Geo data” ( TJS_and_Health.pdf) - Presentation by Bart De Lathouwer, OGC, followed by Q/A - 7 minutes [not covered in meeting due to time limitation]
5) Update on European Innovation Partnership, Spatial Subcommittee, and opportunities to advance geospatial interoperability ( OGC__EIP_2014.pdf) - Presentation by Klaus-Peter Schipper, followed by Q/A - 7 minutes
6) Toward Engineering Documents – Update by Kym Watson; Discussion to identify focal areas – 7 minutes [not covered fully in meeting]
7) Wiki Update – by Eddie Oldfield, Invitation for contributions – 3 minutes [not covered fully in meeting]
8) Action Items / Close – 3 minutes (closing plenary slides: HealthDWGGeneva_Closing_Plenary_V2.pdf)

Highlights from the meeting: The OGC Health Domain Working Group met for 55 minutes, during the OGC-TC in Geneva, June 10, 2014. There was agreement to advance an HL7 – OGC Statement of Understanding, and encouragement for members to identify and move forward on discrete areas of work. Guest presenters provided insight on potential alignment of OGC Health DWG activities with health domain requirements for standardization and interoperability. This included WHO eHealth and European Innovation Partnership initiatives. There was discussion and interest in further details by members. Co-Chairs noted the need to advance liaison efforts with each and to focus on standardization relevant at global or multinational-level. This would be added to the previously identified links to GEOSS Health SBA, INSPIRE Human Health and Safety, and WMO Hi-Weather Research Program ( WMO_Research_Programme.pdf). A brief introduction was made on the purpose of Engineering Documents/Reports and our work toward introducing documents for consideration of the DWG, inviting input on focal areas. Possible topics for engineering reports are: HL7, eHealth, SDMX-HD and integration with OGC standards, Mobile Health and ‘Extreme Weather and Health’. We did not schedule enough time to allow the presentation/discussion of cutting edge examples of OGC implementation for health applications, or gaps for future research. Co-chairs noted the need for more time in future Health DWG sessions, both for discussion and to steer proposed Engineering Reports. There are now 66 subscribers to the Health DWG List-Serve. Articles and Wiki Content continue to be welcomed from DWG participants.

Action Items:
  1. Advance HL7 – OGC Statement of Understanding. Discrete areas of work to be identified.
  2. Co-Chairs will invite input on how OGC Standards can serve health application areas identified, and where work is needed; establish a liaison with WHO on health information systems.
  3. Co-Chairs will invite input on focal points for Engineering Documents; to inform potential Interoperability Experiments or demonstration projects.
  4. Update Wiki with meeting summary and PPTs, new content.
  5. Advance activities in alignment with our Charter goals / Statements of Need; Recognition of implementations (e.g. for eHealth) is through national / sub-national entities.
  6. Schedule more time for OGC Health DWG sessions


OGC Health DWG members are encouraged to add 'wish-list' items here, either by naming / describing them, and/or providing direct links. Resources can also be sent to the Chair for verification / upload.

HealthDWG Web Utilities

Topic attachments
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
EO2HEAVENoverview20130531.pdfpdf EO2HEAVENoverview20130531.pdf manage 1295.8 K 26 May 2014 - 15:38 EddieOldfield Earth Observation for Health Risks
EXTRAforHealthDWG.pdfpdf EXTRAforHealthDWG.pdf manage 3175.1 K 26 May 2014 - 15:08 EddieOldfield Examples of OGC Standards used in health
EddieForESSDWG3.pptxpptx EddieForESSDWG3.pptx manage 17062.9 K 26 May 2014 - 15:34 EddieOldfield Interoperable mapping of health information during pandemic and interpandemic periods
FinalHealthDWGadhoc2.pdfpdf FinalHealthDWGadhoc2.pdf manage 3467.9 K 26 May 2014 - 15:06 EddieOldfield OGC Health Ad-Hoc, May 2013
HealthDWGGeneva_Closing_Plenary_V2.pdfpdf HealthDWGGeneva_Closing_Plenary_V2.pdf manage 326.6 K 18 Jun 2014 - 17:17 EddieOldfield Closing Plenary Slides
Integrating_digital_atlases_of_the_brain_atlas_services_with_WPS.pptxpptx Integrating_digital_atlases_of_the_brain_atlas_services_with_WPS.pptx manage 9830.0 K 26 May 2014 - 15:44 EddieOldfield Integrating digital atlases of the brain atlas services with WPS
OGCHealthDWG2014_March_Washington_DC.pptppt OGCHealthDWG2014_March_Washington_DC.ppt manage 409.0 K 26 May 2014 - 15:20 EddieOldfield OGC Health DWG, March 2014
OGCHealthFeb2014.pptxpptx OGCHealthFeb2014.pptx manage 3912.8 K 26 May 2014 - 15:18 EddieOldfield OGC Health, Feb 2014
OGC_Health_DWG_Ad-Hoc_Closing_Plenary_Report.pptppt OGC_Health_DWG_Ad-Hoc_Closing_Plenary_Report.ppt manage 351.5 K 26 May 2014 - 15:09 EddieOldfield OGC Health DWG Ad-Hoc Closing Plenary Report
OGC_Health_DWG_Agenda_June_10_v3.pdfpdf OGC_Health_DWG_Agenda_June_10_v3.pdf manage 808.9 K 18 Jun 2014 - 17:13 EddieOldfield Agenda and Meeting Presentation
OGC__EIP_2014.pdfpdf OGC__EIP_2014.pdf manage 668.1 K 18 Jun 2014 - 17:16 EddieOldfield EIP
TJS_and_Health.pdfpdf TJS_and_Health.pdf manage 1486.1 K 18 Jun 2014 - 17:11 EddieOldfield OGC TJS and Health
WMO_Research_Programme.pdfpdf WMO_Research_Programme.pdf manage 708.5 K 18 Jun 2014 - 17:19 EddieOldfield WMO - Hi-Weather Research Program
eHealth_Standardization_and_Interoperability_efforts.pdfpdf eHealth_Standardization_and_Interoperability_efforts.pdf manage 2604.0 K 18 Jun 2014 - 17:14 EddieOldfield WHO - eHealth standardization and interoperability
Topic revision: r11 - 18 Jun 2014, EddieOldfield

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