June 01, 2005


 Actions underscore commitment to informatics standards

Posted May 15, 2005

The Executive Board acted on several recommendations from the Committee on Veterinary Medical Informatics.

The board approved establishment of a collaborative relationship in which the Association of Veterinary Medical Data Program Participants Inc. will staff and manage liaison relationships with the three AVMA-supported standards organizations–Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine, Health Level 7, and Logical Observation Identifier Names and Codes. The AVMA Council on Veterinary Service will provide oversight. Currently, the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Medical Informatics oversees SNOMED, HL7, and LOINC, but the committee has been sunset, effective at the end of the current Association year. The cost to the AVMA of having the AVMDP-P continue relationships with these three standards organizations will be up to $20,000 per year for three years, beginning in 2006.

A recommendation from the informatics committee to create a Committee on Veterinary Information Management, at a cost of $13,100 per year, was disapproved.

The board reaffirmed the following Position Statement on Informatics because the committee determined that this document, as written, appropriately reflects the AVMA's expressed desire to support informatics standards for the veterinary profession:

Position Statement on Informatics

The AVMA supports the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine (SNOMED), Health Level 7 (HL7), and Logical Observation Identifier Names and Codes (LOINC) as the informatics standards for the optimal collection, transmission, analysis and dissemination of information, data, and knowledge for problem solving and decision making in veterinary medicine. (EB-4/02)

The board amended and then approved reaffirmation of the AVMA policy on Online Editorial Policies and Guidelines. The committee determined that the document adequately provides guidelines for ongoing use of the AVMA Web site.

As recommended by the committee, the board rescinded the AVMA Electronic Information Network Strategic Plan, because it is no longer relevant to the Association's electronic communication practices. The board also approved rescission of the AVMA Plan for the World Wide Web, since it has been implemented.