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. Below you will find:
  • Results of the OGC Health Session, held June 27, 2017
  • Results of the OGC Health Summit, held June 21st, 2016
  • Summary of meetings of the OGC Health DWG, in chronological order
  • Links to presentations / resources.
  • Upcoming meetings will be posted. New documents can be posted from time to time.

OGC Health Session, June 28, 2017

A Summary with Recommendations will be posted here shortly. Below are the presentations made during the session:


2.Overview of Whitepaper process

1.Virginia Murray, PHE, UN ISDR STAG - Global Indicators
2.Eddie Oldfield, Spatial Quest - Epidemics and Pandemics - OGC Architecture for Health Information Mapping
3.Ajay Gupta, Health Solutions Research - GeoHealth for Opioids etc
4.Scott Cadzow, Cadzow ltd - Security
5.Giuseppe Conti, Trilogis - Healthy Ageing
6.Elysa Jones, OASIS - HAVE/TEP and HL7
7.Luis Bermudez, OGC - Next

4. Discussion / Action Planning

Participants agreed to focus on refining a few scenarios toward informing interoperability pilots, with scenarios developed prior to the next TC (September).

OGC Health Summit, June 21, 2016

The OGC Health Summit, held June 21, in Dublin, Ireland, brought together diverse organizations interested in advancing geospatial data and web service standards for health applications/requirements. The Summit included four thematic panels and a group exercise and discussion.

The results of the Summit are captured in a final report. To download, click here: SummitFinal.pdf

Here are the presentations from the Summit:

Opening Presentation / Backgrounder: Backgrounder.pdf

Panel 1 - Active and Healthy Ageing

  • Prof. Panagiotis D. Bamidis, Associate Professor of Medical Education Informatics, Lab of Medical Physics, Medical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) – UNCAP – Taking Active and Health Ageing out of the Box: from ecological invalidity to ‘wild’ ageing trials - Download Presentation: 01Bamidis.pdf
  • Giuseppe Conti, Trilogis – The experience of the UNCAP project on active and health ageing funded by the European Commission - Download Presentation: 02Giuseppe.pdf
  • Wolfgang Kniejski, INI-Innovation GmbH – UNCAP Access to Market – Business and Service Delivery Models - Download Presentation: 03Wolfgang.pdf

Panel 2 - Sensor Web, IoT, and Health Urban Environments

  • Sara Saeedi and Steve Liang, University of Calgary, SWE DWG - IOT SWG – Opportunities and Challenges of OGC SensorThings API and Wearables - Download Presentation: 04UCalgary.pdf
  • Fabio Roncato, Trilogis – The importance of interoperability for the UNCAP framework, AHA Observation and Measurement Profile - Download Presentation: 05Fabio.pdf
  • Prof Liping Di, Professor and Director, Center for Spatial Information Science and Systems, George Mason University – does urbanization play a big role in the rapid increase of Lyme disease cases - Download Presentation: 06Liping.pdf
  • Kym Watson, Fraunhofer IOSB – Summary of report: The Junction of Health, Environment, and the Bioeconomy. - Download Presentation: 07Watson.pdf

Panel 3 - Climate Health

  • Professor Virginia Murray, Public Health England; Vice-chair of UNISDR Scientific and Technical Advisory Group; Member of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Data Network; Co-Chair IRDR Disaster Data Loss Project (DATA) project - Download Presentation: 08Murray.pdf
  • Dr. Joy Shumake-Guillemot, WMO/WHO Climate and Health Office - Climate Services for Health - Download Presentation: 09Joy.pdf
  • Douglas Cripe, GEO Secretariat – GEOSS – report on applications in the health and environment area - Download Presentation: B01Cripe.pdf
  • Juli M. Trtanj, One Health Lead, Climate and Weather Extremes Integration Lead, NOAA Climate Program Office - Climate and Health: Overview from the United States - NOAA, the US Climate Health Assessment, the National Integrated Heat Health Information System, and International Engagement - Download Presentation: B02Juli.pdf
  • Elysa Jones, Chair OASIS, Emergency Management Technical Committee, Emergency Interoperability Member Section - Download Presentation: B03Elysa.pdf

Panel 4 - Standards in Action

  • Scott Cadzow – Standards in Action for e-Health (e.g. HL7, ISO, OGC) - Download Presentation: B04Scott.pdf
  • Denise Mckenzie, OGC – Update on work f the UNGGIM Expert Group - Download Presentation: B05UN_GGIM.pdf
  • John Herring, Oracle, Urban Planning DWG - Smart Cities - Download Presentation: B06John.pdf
Closing PPT for OGC TC: Closing.pdf

Facilitation provided by co-chairs:
  • Dr. Kym Watson, Fraunhofer IOSB; and
  • Eddie Oldfield, Spatial Quest Solutions

OGC Health Domain Working Group - Plan

The OGC Health DWG arranges regular 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.

White Paper 2017 Plan

Summary of Meetings

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

Please join the list-serve for upcoming meetings and 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 OGC Health Domain Working Group met 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 / OGC TC, inviting input on focal areas. Possible topics for such documents include: 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 documents. 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 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
The OGC Health DWG held a 2 hour session on February 17, 2015. There were two presentations, linked below, and one participant poll.
  1. Presentation on UNCAP: "Ubiquitous iNteroperable Care for Ageing People" ( UNCAP_introduction.pdf ) UNCAP will bring to the development of an open, scalable and privacy-savvy ICT infrastructure designed to help aging people (including those with cognitive impairments) live independently, with dignity, maintaining and improving their lifestyle. In particular, UNCAP will leverage on an interoperable ecosystem of biosensors and indoor & outdoor localisation solutions, to deliver an infrastructure capable to continuously monitor –in a non-invasive way- the users and assist them when required. Wide support for well-established interoperable industry standards will allow creating a scalable ICT ecosystem leveraging on both different biosensing solutions and on existing home-automation solutions, interoperable with existing Personal Health Record (PHR) systems. This presentation helped inform OGC Health DWG participants, helped maximize benefit with respect to implementation of OGC standards, and engaged those who are interested in the project, at the very early stage. This presentation was given by Giuseppe Conti, of Trilogis (project coordinator). Some key points include: overview of project goals, scenarios / use cases / piloting in various countries; addressing challenges on privacy, scalability, interoperability, automation; data transfer between OGC OWS and HL7, KNX (for building automation), ETSI, and InterRAI for clinical assessment; potential for best practices for O&M profile for health care application; space-time analysis (real-time); project will provide end-use applications for patients and care givers; IndoorGML will be most important, also important is OGC SWE – though more feedback is needed; other OGC standards may also be used (e.g. WMS), but not the focus of the project.
  2. Presentation by Klaus-Peter Schipper: European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing ( OGC_GeoHIT_EIPAHAofficial_17022015.pptx ), spatial working group, identifying synergies, needs and opportunities for standardization. This presentation was given by Klaus-Peter Schipper of GeoHIT – Geographic Health Information Technology, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland. Some key points include: much is developed in siloes / fragmented – need to decrease inequalities, identify synergies / overcome siloes, promote multi-vendor/multi-national implementations. Effort is now being made to ‘map’ the ‘mappers’ / to identify EU projects that are implementing OGC standards-based geospatial services/using geospatial data; Need to assimilate taxonomies, measurements/indicators; Need improved transferability across nations; EC can fund portion of this. Need compliance and validation platform. Need cooperation between EIP and OGC to undertake analysis of potential use-case applications with OGC standards, to facilitate adoption as part of national e-health systems across EU and abroad.
  3. Co-chairs compiled a short document listing key topics (e.g. requirements for geospatial data and web service interoperability, or health benefit areas) identified by OGC Health DWG participants. Participants helped to refine / identify focus areas and potential contributors to documentation, throughout 2015.
  4. Co-chairs highlighted mutual areas of interest. Comments were captured as follows:

    • “Best practices for implementing existing OGC standards”… comments: inside EU, NIH, and other nationally funded projects
    • “Environment – Health Applications” comments: further liaison with GEOSS Health and Environment Community of Practice, Identify best practices and useage of geodata, OGC Health DWG could look at requirements in Geo H&E and link to standards.
    • “Health Info Privacy” comments: Members may contribute to documentation (e.g. from UNCAP project)
    • “Data Schemas” comments: the word schema is open to interpretation. We need to focus on taxonomies… indicators/measurements for health care applications, e.g. in e-health, including units, calibration, not just storing of results. We need to consider: relational, conceptual, physical (how measurement is calculated and stored), semantic, etc. schemas; need to be able to go from one definition to another (across cultures / countries); consider different measures, definitions, not only for health data, but for human activities (such as running, walking, eating etc.)
    • “Time Series modeling, analysis, visualization” comments: also consider multi-dimensional spatial data/time series modeling, analysis, visualization, as a potential paper topic. There are differences in data requirements and data models used, for individuals vs for population health. We need to consider time series data obtained through multiple standards / data sources.
    • “OGC compliance for web and mobile applications….” comments: possible under WHO, or EC, with OGC, to set up a compliance platform (for interfaces complying to OGC specifications). Currently compliance is more oriented to machine-to-machine interfaces (agnostic to end-use)… We need an ‘interface’ / compliance platform to make sure implementations are user friendly to health care community. Taking new standard implementations and transferring to other sites/users is also important.
    • Other comment: we must consider geometry / topology of the human body (paper topic?) – including potential interconnections/functions of systems in the body (in time and space).

The OGC Health DWG held a 2 hour meeting on March 10, 2015, during the OGC TC. Presentations are linked, key points made are provided in-line.
  1. Presentation by Kyoung-Sook Kim, AIST ( OGCTC-kim.pdf ): a project has just been started to extend our current system (environmental monitoring system based on OGC standards such as SOS, CWS, WCS, etc.) for health application. In early stages of the project, we are now trying to verify a good example of use case to involve human health problems against the level of radiation. Also, the project looks at some other standard documents such as SDMX-HD and HL-7 in order to figure out how to combine them with/into OGC standards. This presentation was given by Kyoung-Sook Kim, researcher with Data Science Research Group, Information Technology Research Institute (ITRI), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan. Some key points include: a Fukushima radiation monitoring database project RALFIE has recently started, focused on exposure estimation for individuals; finding hot spots for administrative decision making; record of a person’s LifeLog; Life pattern mining. Problem of low quality crowd sourcing. Usage of SensorThings API and Moving Features; wrap raw radiation data with OGC web services (SOS, WFS, WPS, WCS, WMS); combination of radiation data with weather data for correlation analysis; Measurement of radiation: level, type and exposure are important - the level can vary day by day. AIST has developed a new compact radiation sensor. The radiation sensor is connected to a smart phone.Exposure estimate as cloud service. Issue: time series track and personal life logging - People not usually willing to share whole LifeLogs, but want experts to interpret data and compare with other cases. Issue of making summary (protecting privacy).HL7 for exchanging health data; Relevant issue: standards in health domain, incl. HDMX-SD; W3C for statistics. Standards gaps: lifelog data, summary data; needs vocabulary. Eurostat uses HDMX.
  2. Presentation by Giuseppe Conti, Trilogis (lead): UNCAP "Ubiquitous iNteroperable Care for Ageing People" ( UNCAP_presentation.pdf ) an innovation project funded under Horizon 2020 (the research and innovation framework of the European Commission) - UNCAP will bring to the development of an open, scalable and privacy-savvy ICT infrastructure designed to help aging people (including those with cognitive impairments) live independently, with dignity, maintaining and improving their lifestyle. In particular, UNCAP will leverage on an interoperable ecosystem of biosensors and indoor & outdoor localisation solutions, to deliver an infrastructure capable to continuously monitor –in a non-invasive way- the users and assist them when required. Wide support for well-established interoperable industry standards will allow creating a scalable ICT ecosystem leveraging on both different biosensing solutions and on existing home-automation solutions, interoperable with existing Personal Health Record (PHR) systems. Some key points include: this is a Horizon 2020 project on cognitive impairments; Aims to keep people at home as long as possible. Key concept: indoor location. UNCAP Box as product; KNX as interface to home automation. Standards used: OGC, HL7, ETSI (for M2M communications), interRAI (to assess cognitive abilities). Aim: to define a profile of O&M. “Position” and location is important. Position seems to be understood as a context or situation like “waking up very late”. The project uses floor sensors to detect falls. Will do benchmarking to compare before and after system put into use. Use cases and requirements have just been finished. All deliverables will be open (documents and software). To do: system architecture (HW and SW technology), O&M profile for personal health and care.
  3. Presentation by Dr. Peter Baumann: Raster Data Processing for Geo and Life Sciences: Commonalities ( Health-DWG_Geo+LifeSciRasters.pdf ): Multidimensional arrays (aka raster data) form a fundamental data category in science and engineering, such as in medical imaging and satellite image services. To achieve versatile Web services on such data - in particular: on "Big Data", multi-dimensional array query languages have been devised. The OGC Web Coverage Processing Service (WCPS) operates on spatio-temporal regular and irregular grids represented as coverages. ISO SQL is being extended with array querying and modelling in a domain neutral way, but based on the same underlying concepts. We presented the state of standards and technology in massive multi-dimensional array services and point out commonalities and differences. Peter Baumann is editor of the OGC WCPS standard, co-editor of the ISO SQL Array extension, and pioneer of the research field of Array Databases. Some key points include: OpenGL has support for multidimensional data rasters - Example for human brain mapping and masking with brain components,3D barin tomographies, Gene expression analysis, map to rgb image. ISO 9075 Part 15 SQL/MDA. Select clause, for post processing and searching. Queries can ask for data and meta-data at same time. Processing on server side. Agile array analytics used by ESA under Copernicus Big Data challenge 2014- master programme. Adaptive tiling; Query re-writing to optimize performance; Just in time compilation for GPU; Distribution and parallelization over clouds; Benchmarking planned in EarthServer2 to compare rasmadan against Hadoop; earthserver.eu.
  4. Participants provided an ad-hoc summary of activities in the European Innovation Platform, Active and Healthy Aging. Societal changes: More people are going to be tech savvy; The urban fabric is changing; also urban planning; A “silver economy” is developing; People are having children at a later age; ICT seems to be a key enabler for active aging; Need to reach out to European Connected Health Alliance http://www.echalliance.com/; CEN TC431 on social alarms; AAL (Ambient Assisted Living) is looking for OGC to be a frame organization for standards. What standards are they looking for? A participants is working on a H2020 project with the task of monitoring all projects in the health area; Standards range from medical to technical (e.g. smart flooring); Also significant are geo standards and common formats.
  5. Co-chairs invited OGC Health DWG participants to contribute to key topics (e.g. requirements for geospatial data and web service interoperability, or health benefit areas) identified by OGC Health DWG participants. The table ( Topic_List_with_Action_Responsibilities.docx ) shows the poll results. Participants prepare a one page abstract on topics of interest as a basis for the development of Discussion Papers (or possibly Best Practices) to be submitted for consideration by OGC-TC. The abstract should describe the scope of the planned paper and as far as known the status of and requirements for supporting standards (OGC and non-OGC). This topic list will continue to be updated with participant input throughout 2015-16.
Action Items: participants will prepare one page abstracts on topics of interest, as a basis for the development of Discussion Papers (or possibly Best Practices) to be submitted for consideration by OGC-TC.

The OGC Health Domain Working Group held a GoToMeeting on May 5, 2015. Here is a brief summary of presentations and discussion topics:
  • An announcement was made for the upcoming I2SL Go Beyond Award program, encouraging submissions which demonstrate BIM – OGC interoperability and features for operation and maintenance of health facilities / laboratories. (see http://www.i2sl.org/conference/2015/awards.html ). The annual award was established as a way to encourage and recognize producers/developers of BIM products to incorporate operational features that can support operations and maintenance and to manage health facilities through building lifecycle. Participants agreed it would be useful to circulate this announcement to OGC Health DWG participants / to identify OGC members who could be candidates (or who’s clients may have an interest), as this will also help drive best practices for BIM-OGC interoperability. Furthermore, there was agreement to explore potential areas for collaboration and an MOU is being considered between OGC and I2SL as a framework for future collaborative activities such as interoperability pilots or projects, further advancing interoperability of BIM to OGC OWS and vice-versa, in support of health end-users / health domain applications. In particular, for integration of BIM models with indoor and outdoor location-based data using OGC standards, to support design, construction, operations and maintenance of health facilities – which would have substantial societal and economic benefits.
  • A presentation was made by Trilogis, regarding UNCAP – Observation & Measurement classifications. UNCAP, a 3 year H2020 project started in January 2015, has a goal to develop active ageing scenarios / ambient intelligence for elderly with cognitive impairment. The project involves merging indoor location data with sensing technologies – biosensors, home automation – to make life of elderly people easier, safer, and better. The project includes a middleware component (UNCAP Box) that enables consumer grade devices – e.g. bracelets, WiFi scales, heart rate and blood pressure monitors – to be part of an ecosystem based on interoperable standards. Through the UNCAP box, M2M communication is enabled, so that consumer grade devices / sensors can share information. High level services can derive or infer conditions. Once sensor data is in the cloud, value added services can be run. Home automation is achieved using KNX standard. The design stage is almost complete, and then begins the pilot stage with 13 pilot sites and 1,000 users. Deliverables will be published on the website: www.uncap.eu OGC standards that will be used in the project include OGC SWE SOS, SAS, SNS. A spreadsheet was developed for O&M which will be expanded with UNCAP partners. The observation & measurement classifications spreadsheet makes use of available vocabulary from UMLS, ICPC, ICD, LOINC,* (which provide a unique code for measurements collected by sensors) and can inform UML architecture / engineering report. Different types of data - from patient data, care provider, medical diagnosis data, laboratory measures, disease classifications - are relevant in this project. It is important to determine which observation measurements are most needed, based on a subset of use cases. Pilot sites, Doctors / practicing Physicians, and technology providers involved in the project will help to identify measurements relevant to use cases. Goal is to develop an AHA (Active and Healthy Ageing) O&M profile for which OGC standards can facilitate integration of location-based data. A cloud DB will be used to compile abstract and compound data, from sensors (using SWE SOS), exposing the data to specific users – via O&M profile and OGC standard-based web services. Sensor Things connector will connect sensors in a more agile way. OGC standards will enable 3rd party services to access data through standardized services, and to process parameters of the profile. The InterRAI methodology will be used to evaluate physical and psychological performance / profile of patients, where values are expressed as integer (0-5) or a Boolean. A few key questions remain to be addressed: how to manage compound measures (complex evaluation); and whether a patient can be referred to as a FeatureOfInterest. The project wants to make outcomes relevant to larger community / OGC Health DWG.
  • A presentation was made by Birgit Blaabjerg Bisgaard, Central Denmark Region, on their new 2-year H2020 CSA project (CSA – Coordination & Support Action) - ( H2020_CSA_project_OGC_05052015.pptx ). The EU – EIP AHA (and other countries) recognize issue of a growing elderly population. In the EIP AHA there are several Action Groups focused on innovation for age friendly buildings, cities, and environment – the CSA project fits in Action Group D4, but is intended to map projects across all Action Groups. However, across the EIP AHA Action Groups, participants use various data schemas, and there is poorly constructed data / no metadata, making the task for integration and policy analysis difficult. This project aims to address need to integrate unstructured data related to Active and Healthy Ageing projects, including those which support digital clinical workplace, e-Health, telemedicine, tele-medical treatment, epidemiology and health information targets across EU member states. There is a need to select evaluation indicators for policy analysis and monitoring. There is a need to assimilate input on (OGC) geospatial standards and data definition / formats. To extract required data the project may use machine learning or pattern recognition for analysis. Currently, the CSA project is working to define a tool for submitting and tracking commitments among member countries / EIP AHA projects. This would include standard data formats and possibly OGC standards for collection, integration, and visualization of geospatial data – a framework for mapping projects across EIP AHA Action Groups. Of interest is to create a standard framework for collecting data, a metadata standard, ontology concepts between regions/languages, spatial data services including linked data (for geo-semantic analysis) / OGC TJS, presentation services such as OGC WMS, and processing services such as OGC WPS and SPS. A desired outcome includes an online interactive color coded map with the location of projects in EU, including type, scale, participants, industry, health care providers, at various scales (from a local hospital, a street or neighborhood, a community, or multi-national), which partners may access and update. This will support EU projects, and help users find projects of interest and identify partners to work with. There is interest to spawn a demonstration project. It was noted that OGC can participate in EIPAHA as key player in standards development, geospatial data definitions and formats for exchange.
  • Co-Chair Eddie Oldfield shared an update on recent correspondence with AGE WELL network. The AGE WELL network WorkPackages will help define technical requirements useful for the OGC Health DWG, and OGC standards will be of interest in AGE WELL research. There is an opportunity to identify synergy for collaborative research, for member involvement in interoperability pilots, for documenting implementation profiles, and to advance standards adoption. Interoperability experiments can help to produce interim reports, accelerate results, and inform best practices. Some of the OGC Health DWG participants expressed interest and indicated the WorkPackages are similar to work being done in the EU under EIP AHA. We have also been asked to make a presentation to AGE WELL research network / and we have requested a presentation by AGE WELL to OGC Health DWG during a future session. To learn more about AGE WELL: http://www.agewell-nce.ca/about-us Read about AGE WELL Research Work-packages: http://www.agewell-nce.ca/research
OGC Health DWG held a meeting during the OGC TC in June, 2015. The meeting included an update by David Arctur, OGC on recent interview with CDC to inform development of national (US) immunization information system; as well as the OSTP Data and Innovation at the Climate-Health Nexus event (see: OGCupdateOnCDCandOSTPevent.ppt ). The meeting also included a presentation by Trilogis on UNCAP (project) – use cases and profiles, proposed OGC standards implementation.

Action items included:
  • Circulate abstracts – e.g. UNCAP use case profiles Abstract: abstract_trilogis_v02.pdf Also see website: www.uncap.eu
  • Continue to collect abstracts, discuss in OGC Health DWG; advance documents for submission to TC or to inform interoperability projects
  • Circulate draft cross-domain scenario – energy outage and restoration, with health impacts considered; identify participants and sponsors for interoperability pilot/project
  • Circulate links to:
– UNGGIM Expert Group - http://ggim.un.org/2nd_Mtg_Expert-Group_ISGI_Lisbon.html / Document: Connecting Geographical and Statistical Information Standards

– I2SL Go Beyond Award – http://www.i2sl.org/conference/2015/awards.html

– AGE WELL – http://www.agewell-nce.ca/research

OGC Health DWG held a GoToMeeting on August 18, 2015. (recording here: https://portal.opengeospatial.org/files/?artifact_id=64594 )
  1. Presentation 1: Este Geraghty, CMO, ESRI – Identifying health application areas / requirements for interoperability
  2. Presentation 2: Simon Moncrieff, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Spatial Sciences, CRC for Spatial Information, Curtin University – Health data processing and visualization, privacy protection, with OGC standards ( SimonPDF.pdf )
  3. Presentation 3: Toni Stein, Collaborative on Health & the Environment, Bioelectromagnetics use cases for a proposed EMF data model and encoding standard ( Case_for_EMF_data_encoding_std.pdf )
Action Items: Continue to draft Abstracts on Topics of Interest; Focus on Privacy Best Practices when implementing OGC standards

OGC Health DWG held a meeting on September 16, 2015:
  1. Application of OGC TJS for health statistics mapping: work of the European Location Framework; Bart DeLathouwer; OGC ( TJS-1.ppt )
  2. The MEDMI Project: Environment and Health Data Mashups; Lora E Fleming MD PhD MPH MSc, Professor and Director; European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter Medical School - ( Overview_MED_MI_Sept_2015_2.pptx )

    Linking environmental, socioeconomic and health datasets into “data mashups” can provide new insights into the potential associations between climate and other environmental change and human health and wellbeing; and underpins the development of decision support tools that will promote resilience to environmental change, and thus enable more effective adaptation. These data mashups are integrations of different types and sources of data, frequently using open application programming interfaces and data sources, to produce enriched results that were not necessarily the original reason for assembling the raw source data. As an illustration of this potential, we will describe the ongoing MRC NERC funded MEDMI Project which is seeking to create such a facility in the UK for use in decision support around climate change and health, and to provide examples of suitable sources of data and the purposes to which they can be directed, particularly for policy makers and public health decision makers. We will also discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by the advances in data collection, storage, analysis, and access, of these “data mashups” within the context of our MEDMI Project experience.

  3. Impacts on Human Health of Weather and Climate – A UN Response; Wayne Elliott; UK Met Office / WMO-WHO Joint Office Climate health - ( Impacts_on_Human_Health_of_Weather_and_Climate__A_UN_Response.pptx )

    Summary of developments within the UN at the interface between the of human health and weather/climate. Wayne is a former Head of Health at the UK Met Office and has recently returned from a 3-year secondment to the UN in Geneva where he was closely involved with the setting up of a weather/climate and human health office between WHO and WMO. This short presentation will highlight the aims and objectives and also the milestones and difficulties in establishing a cross-discipline governance mechanism.

  4. Update on what is happening standards wise between OGC/ISO, UNGGIM & the statistics community; Denise McKenzie; OGC ( UNGGIM_Statistics_Update.ppt )
  5. Update on Abstracts (participants)
    • Kyoung-Sook Kim, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) – short update on Project Abstract (Radiation-Health) RALFIE-abstract.docx
Action Items:
  • Identify whether any issues with OGC TJS, for updating standard
  • Circulate Abstracts, develop into reports / best practices, submit to OGC at upcoming TCs for document approval
  • Publish documents on OGC website for public access
  • Communicate best practices / profiles for implementing OGC Standards to support climate-health applications to the WMO-WHO Joint Office for Climate Health
  • Communicate best practices / profiles for implementing OGC Standards to support geospatial-statistical services and applications to UNGGIM Expert Working Group
  • Collect input from OGC Health DWG participants to inform requirements as part of future Interoperability Test Bed / Experiments
  • Identify resources/partners for advancing IEs
Join the Listserve for updates.

OGC Health DWG held a meeting on February 17, 2016:

Co-Chair update
  • Last year, we compiled a list of topic areas, and determined a focal area for 2016: on Climate Health
  • Participants contributed draft documents for consideration
  • We developed liaison with relevant organizations
  • This year we will plan for a Health Summit
Discussion: AHA O&M Profile – amendments, with a view toward submission of Discussion Paper to OGC TC – 20 minutes

An overview of the AHA O&M Profile was presented by Trilogis (including specific indicators/measurements and vocabularies identified). They also requested if any other parameters might be of interest (within scope).

Participants reviewed and discussed items in the draft Profile. Several suggestions were made for consideration:
  • Need metadata on observation procedure/methodology;
  • Need metadata on normal ranges for different ages/genders etc; period of validity;
  • Need more location coordinates / reference (to include indoor and outdoor);
  • Need a description on appropriate aggregation of data to fulfill legal requirements to protect privacy;
  • Noted that patients rest in bed, as well as in chairs.
  • Noted some measurements would be more difficult to assess. Some measurements are ‘composites’ of other measurements, e.g. measurements of emotional state have no pre-existing vocabulary (i.e are new).
  • It was suggested the document could be submitted with a new revision number.
  • It was suggested the document could be circulated via the OGC Health DWG list-serve for comment from other participants.
  • Suggested that once introduced as a formal Discussion Document, there would be an opportunity to demonstrate how using OGC standards (e.g. SWE) upon the AHA O&M Profile, could serve as a Profile of Implementation (new document)
Discussion: 2016 Focal Area - Climate Health / Environment Health – 5 to 10 minutes
  • Good topic area (agreement among participants)
  • Suggested we should define needs at multiple levels (large scale impacts, vs local scale impacts / data)
  • Identify other work done (at large, and among OGC membership / previous testbeds)
  • Identify Gaps toward informing Interoperability Projects
  • Focus on Heat Health; Outbreaks of Infectious Disease; Cross cutting themes;
  • Look for funding opportunities, or a Call for Sponsors/Requirements for an IP
  • Advance new documentation
Discussion: Planning for a Health Summit at the OGC-TC meeting in Dublin, June – 20 minutes
  • Develop Draft Agenda for review on March 9th, and to submit to OGC TC, along with commitments of participation.
  • The Agenda should include: a section on Active and Healthy Ageing and presentation of the O&M Profile and related Standards implementation
  • The Agenda should include: a section on Climate Health
  • It was suggested we also try to engage a key speaker: e.g. WHO, to help set context.
  • It was suggested that we invite participants from the SWE and IoT communities (DWG/SWG) – these Standards intersect well with the needs identified in the Active and Health Ageing, and in the Climate Health, topic areas. These could be presenters or participants in the Summit. Other Standards (WMS, WFS, WPS, etc) also intersect well – so we should make an invitation to all OGC members via TC.
  • Participants indicated interest in attending the Summit.
  • There is interest to arrange a side-meeting with the UNCAP project partners (they would be invited to attend the Summit), who are focused on Active and Healthy Ageing.
  • It was also suggested we try to engage other participants from: HL7, WHO-WMO, UNGGIM, GEOSS SBA Health, as well as OGC members involved in the Whitehouse Climate-Health initiative.
Partnership / Funding opportunities: 5 to 10 minutes

• Horizon 2020 funding opportunities were identified

Agenda items for OGC-TCs / Health DWG sessions (March; June) – 5 to 10 minutes

• Review/Finalize the proposed Health Summit Agenda


• Suggest firming liaison with OASIS (for SDMX and HAVE standards)

• Suggest firming liaison with HL7 concerning medical vocabularies, web systems approach, etc.

• Suggest firming liaison with other organizations/SDOs, previously identified

Meeting held during OGC TC, March, 2016

Summit June 2017


Here is a selection of resources. OGC Health DWG members are encouraged to add 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

I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
01Bamidis.pdfpdf 01Bamidis.pdf manage 2 MB 22 Aug 2016 - 16:10 EddieOldfield Prof. Bamidis
02Giuseppe.pdfpdf 02Giuseppe.pdf manage 4 MB 26 Aug 2016 - 12:38 EddieOldfield Giuseppe
03Wolfgang.pdfpdf 03Wolfgang.pdf manage 1 MB 22 Aug 2016 - 16:11 EddieOldfield Wolfgang
04UCalgary.pdfpdf 04UCalgary.pdf manage 3 MB 22 Aug 2016 - 16:13 EddieOldfield UCalgary
05Fabio.pdfpdf 05Fabio.pdf manage 636 K 22 Aug 2016 - 16:14 EddieOldfield Fabio
06Liping.pdfpdf 06Liping.pdf manage 1 MB 26 Aug 2016 - 12:39 EddieOldfield LipingDi
07Watson.pdfpdf 07Watson.pdf manage 1 MB 22 Aug 2016 - 16:14 EddieOldfield Watson
08Murray.pdfpdf 08Murray.pdf manage 1 MB 22 Aug 2016 - 16:14 EddieOldfield Murray
09Joy.pdfpdf 09Joy.pdf manage 5 MB 26 Aug 2016 - 12:39 EddieOldfield Joy
2015_Barcelona_Presentation_template.pptppt 2015_Barcelona_Presentation_template.ppt manage 1 MB 25 Mar 2015 - 17:05 EddieOldfield Agenda March 10
B01Cripe.pdfpdf B01Cripe.pdf manage 6 MB 22 Aug 2016 - 16:15 EddieOldfield Cripe
B02Juli.pdfpdf B02Juli.pdf manage 7 MB 22 Aug 2016 - 16:15 EddieOldfield Juli
B03Elysa.pdfpdf B03Elysa.pdf manage 1 MB 22 Aug 2016 - 16:16 EddieOldfield Elysa
B04Scott.pdfpdf B04Scott.pdf manage 411 K 22 Aug 2016 - 16:16 EddieOldfield Scott
B05UN_GGIM.pdfpdf B05UN_GGIM.pdf manage 1 MB 22 Aug 2016 - 16:17 EddieOldfield UN_GGIM
B06John.pdfpdf B06John.pdf manage 863 K 22 Aug 2016 - 16:17 EddieOldfield John
B07Closing.pdfpdf B07Closing.pdf manage 579 K 22 Aug 2016 - 16:18 EddieOldfield Closing
Backgrounder.pdfpdf Backgrounder.pdf manage 2 MB 22 Aug 2016 - 16:19 EddieOldfield Backgrounder
Case_for_EMF_data_encoding_std.pdfpdf Case_for_EMF_data_encoding_std.pdf manage 1 MB 08 Oct 2015 - 12:13 EddieOldfield  
Closing.pdfpdf Closing.pdf manage 571 K 02 Sep 2016 - 19:19 EddieOldfield Closing Presentation
EO2HEAVENoverview20130531.pdfpdf EO2HEAVENoverview20130531.pdf manage 1 MB 26 May 2014 - 15:38 EddieOldfield Earth Observation for Health Risks
EXTRAforHealthDWG.pdfpdf EXTRAforHealthDWG.pdf manage 3 MB 26 May 2014 - 15:08 EddieOldfield Examples of OGC Standards used in health
EddieForESSDWG3.pptxpptx EddieForESSDWG3.pptx manage 16 MB 26 May 2014 - 15:34 EddieOldfield Interoperable mapping of health information during pandemic and interpandemic periods
FinalHealthDWGadhoc2.pdfpdf FinalHealthDWGadhoc2.pdf manage 3 MB 26 May 2014 - 15:06 EddieOldfield OGC Health Ad-Hoc, May 2013
H2020_CSA_project_OGC_05052015.pptxpptx H2020_CSA_project_OGC_05052015.pptx manage 1013 K 08 Oct 2015 - 11:10 EddieOldfield CSA Project
Health-DWG_Geo+LifeSciRasters.pdfpdf Health-DWG_Geo+LifeSciRasters.pdf manage 1 MB 25 Mar 2015 - 16:51 EddieOldfield Science SQL Presentation
HealthDWGGeneva_Closing_Plenary_V2.pdfpdf HealthDWGGeneva_Closing_Plenary_V2.pdf manage 326 K 18 Jun 2014 - 17:17 EddieOldfield Closing Plenary Slides
Health_DWG_Closing_Plenary_Report.pptppt Health_DWG_Closing_Plenary_Report.ppt manage 1 MB 25 Mar 2015 - 17:12 EddieOldfield Closing Plenary March 10
Impacts_on_Human_Health_of_Weather_and_Climate__A_UN_Response.pptxpptx Impacts_on_Human_Health_of_Weather_and_Climate__A_UN_Response.pptx manage 1 MB 08 Oct 2015 - 12:19 EddieOldfield  
Integrating_digital_atlases_of_the_brain_atlas_services_with_WPS.pptxpptx Integrating_digital_atlases_of_the_brain_atlas_services_with_WPS.pptx manage 9 MB 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 K 26 May 2014 - 15:20 EddieOldfield OGC Health DWG, March 2014
OGCHealthFeb2014.pptxpptx OGCHealthFeb2014.pptx manage 3 MB 26 May 2014 - 15:18 EddieOldfield OGC Health, Feb 2014
OGCTC-kim.pdfpdf OGCTC-kim.pdf manage 8 MB 08 Oct 2015 - 10:57 EddieOldfield RALFIE
OGC_GeoHIT_EIPAHAofficial_17022015.pptxpptx OGC_GeoHIT_EIPAHAofficial_17022015.pptx manage 1 MB 08 Oct 2015 - 11:00 EddieOldfield EIP AHA
OGC_Health_DWG_Ad-Hoc_Closing_Plenary_Report.pptppt OGC_Health_DWG_Ad-Hoc_Closing_Plenary_Report.ppt manage 351 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 K 18 Jun 2014 - 17:13 EddieOldfield Agenda and Meeting Presentation
OGC__EIP_2014.pdfpdf OGC__EIP_2014.pdf manage 668 K 18 Jun 2014 - 17:16 EddieOldfield EIP
OGCupdateOnCDCandOSTPevent.pptppt OGCupdateOnCDCandOSTPevent.ppt manage 467 K 08 Oct 2015 - 11:22 EddieOldfield  
Overview_MED_MI_Sept_2015_2.pptxpptx Overview_MED_MI_Sept_2015_2.pptx manage 4 MB 08 Oct 2015 - 12:17 EddieOldfield  
RALFIE-abstract.docxdocx RALFIE-abstract.docx manage 243 K 08 Oct 2015 - 12:22 EddieOldfield  
SimonPDF.pdfpdf SimonPDF.pdf manage 3 MB 08 Oct 2015 - 12:08 EddieOldfield  
SummitFinal.pdfpdf SummitFinal.pdf manage 1 MB 16 Sep 2016 - 14:55 EddieOldfield  
SummitFinalReport.pdfpdf SummitFinalReport.pdf manage 1 MB 02 Sep 2016 - 19:17 EddieOldfield OGC Health Summit - Final Report
TJS-1.pptppt TJS-1.ppt manage 5 MB 08 Oct 2015 - 12:15 EddieOldfield  
TJS_and_Health.pdfpdf TJS_and_Health.pdf manage 1 MB 18 Jun 2014 - 17:11 EddieOldfield OGC TJS and Health
Topic_List_with_Action_Responsibilities.docxdocx Topic_List_with_Action_Responsibilities.docx manage 19 K 25 Mar 2015 - 16:53 EddieOldfield Topic List
UNCAP_introduction.pdfpdf UNCAP_introduction.pdf manage 18 MB 08 Oct 2015 - 11:03 EddieOldfield UNCAP introduction
UNCAP_presentation.pdfpdf UNCAP_presentation.pdf manage 8 MB 25 Mar 2015 - 16:49 EddieOldfield UNCAP Presentation
UNGGIM_Statistics_Update.pptppt UNGGIM_Statistics_Update.ppt manage 2 MB 08 Oct 2015 - 12:21 EddieOldfield  
WMO_Research_Programme.pdfpdf WMO_Research_Programme.pdf manage 708 K 18 Jun 2014 - 17:19 EddieOldfield WMO - Hi-Weather Research Program
abstract_trilogis_v02.pdfpdf abstract_trilogis_v02.pdf manage 143 K 08 Oct 2015 - 10:43 EddieOldfield TrilogisAbstractUNCAP
eHealth_Standardization_and_Interoperability_efforts.pdfpdf eHealth_Standardization_and_Interoperability_efforts.pdf manage 2 MB 18 Jun 2014 - 17:14 EddieOldfield WHO - eHealth standardization and interoperability
Topic revision: r23 - 13 Jul 2017, EddieOldfield
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