Creating Data Standards
Technology standards are essential to:
- Measure competence and performance assessments and make them scalable.
- Track education and improvement of learner performance.
- Map curriculum in health professions education.
Presently, the ability to communicate this information between accrediting officials, education programs, credentialing bodies, learners, and employers remains largely a manual process. MedBiquitous® standards are integral to creating and sustaining the infrastructure that allows education programs and credentialing agencies to seamlessly share data and to the future of health professions education.
Steps in Creating a New MedBiquitous Standard
Acceptance of an ANSI Standards Development Project
The creation (or revision), approval, and publishing of an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard is truly a community process. Any community member can request a new standard or a revision to an existing standard by submitting a MedBiquitous Standards Proposal Form.
Once received, the proposal is evaluated by the MedBiquitous Steering Committee. If accepted, the Steering Committee transmits the proposal to ANSI, which then publishes the proposal for public comments or objections. The Steering Committee works directly with the public to address any responses. If the proposal is accepted, the director of the MedBiquitous Program and the Technical Advisory Group provide a guiding charter to a working group to develop or edit the standard.
How Standards Are Developed and Approved
Once a working group's charter is received and reviewed, monthly meetings commence to begin the work. The working group, led by at least one chair assigned by the director of the MedBiquitous Program, convenes until a draft standard is created or edited for approval. Learn more about working group processes. Once drafted, the standard is presented to the MedBiquitous Steering Committee for approval. After it has been approved, the draft standard enters a 30-day public comment period with the MedBiquitous community. All comments must be addressed by the director of the MedBiquitous Program and the working group before it is submitted to ANSI, which then posts it for an additional public review.
Similarly, in the ANSI public review, any conflicts or comments must be addressed by the director of the MedBiquitous Program and the working group before the Technical Advisory Group evaluates the official draft standard for presentation back to the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee then initiates a ballot to the MedBiquitous Voting Body, which is comprised of participating members of the MedBiquitous Program with fully executed agreements.
If the Voting Body approves the standard, the director of the MedBiquitous Program submits it back to ANSI for final approval. After the Steering Committee addresses any ANSI questions or comments, the new (or updated) standard is published!