On March 13, I wrote the email included below, accompanied by a kind of exhortation. It was my call to action about the Roadmap's Calls to Action. I called it Launching Mission Control for HIT: Roadmap Response Possibilities, an Invitation to Collaborate. It was attached to the email, in both an executive summary and longer version. I also attached the first of a series of "logic models," using the Roadmap's iteration of governance interdependencies to start to chart a path toward what a conversation about a "coordinated governance process" could look like.
At the time, I was still working for ONC as a contractor and advisor, doing this work in off hours, as an independent pursuit. I didn't know exactly where it would lead, but I didn't want to blow the chance to make the best use possible of the opportunity and invitation that the Roadmap provides.
Email 1: sent March 13, 2015
Subject: The time is ripe for action and collaboration on interoperability
- a 2 page distillation of the longer document's key points; and
I've been saying for a while now that "HIT is a like lunar mission where we forgot to build Mission Control." What I recently realized is that the solution to that problem is closer than I realized, because of course these days, NASA is very much a public / private partnership, with outfits like SpaceX building rockets linked to Mission Control. So instead of making a joke about it, or complaining about it, it's time for us to come together to build Mission Control for HIT.
- There are a series of events when we can meet in person listed on the one-pager. (e.g., Sunday, March 22, in Baltimore the night before the HIT Connect Conference. Dutch treat dinner starting at 6:30 for anyone who'd like to come. Let me know if you're interested in attending; location tbd based on numbers.)
- If folks are interested in setting up a conference call or calls to discuss as a group or in sub-groups, I'd be happy to take the lead on setting that up. I could also set up a Basecamp, but will only do that if there's desire/demand. And to be clear, my role in launching this campaign for collaborative allies is an independent one, not on behalf of ONC.
- As you're considering submitting comments on the Roadmap, it would be wonderful if you echoed this call for governance as a collaborative, public/private Mission Control of HIT.