Process Coordinating Committee

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Chairs: Kevin O'Donnell (Chair); Dan Sullivan, MD (Vice-chair)
Secretary: Susan Weinmann (RSNA Staff)


The Process Committee facilitates the QIBA Coordinating Committees and their profiling activities by defining processes and tools to promote consistent quality work product.

  • Develop common Templates & Processes
  • Support & mentor adoption of above
  • Drive consistent content & format of Profiles
  • Support infrastructure for Committees


Working Documents

Current Work

  • Committee Operations
  • Coordinating Cmtes need to remind/confirm BC committees keep their page up to date (especially links to current draft documents)
  • Advise - put "recent" working draft of profiles at least quarterly on the BC Cmte Page. (i.e. don't leave them on TF pages)
  • Post before each Coord Cmte Mtg so Coord Cmte can check.
  • Add as standing agenda item on the Coordinating Cmte call to check with their Biomarker Cmte chairs
  • Sketch a Sunset procedure for retiring Task Forces and Biomarker Committees that have completed their work.
  • Dormant vs Dissolve - opens space for new Cmte (RSNA Resources), migrate active members to new work
  • Premise - Biomarker committees collect SMEs specific to the Biomarker in question
  • Propose policy/process to consider Prior Project completion when Steering Cmte reviews new Proposals from the same PI.
  • timing overlap of prior cycle completion period with new proposal period needs to be one considered.
  • possible solution would require final reports for prior COMPLETED funding cycles before considering a new project proposal
  • Conformance Process
  • What should go into a Conformance Record? - (e.g. findings from Technical Confirmation tests)
  • Need a common view of what conformance entails, how it is achieved, what it looks like to a product, how it is documented, etc.
  • Then we need to ensure that the QIBA Templates/Process supports those things clearly.
  • Kevin will put some initial thoughts on a Wiki page and we can review/add
  • How often should conformance assessment be done, who will assess, who will keep records?
  • Should QIBA get into hosting the Conformance Statements on our site (and then we could link to them from the Profiles page which would be very handy)
  • Consider the RSNA Image Share Conformance Assessment Program and whether we should do something similar for QIBA
  • Process committee can think through the details of a process and confer with RSNA whether they would be interested
  • Profile Template
  • Adjust Profile Template (change tracked) to regroup time-muddled Activities
  • Conformance Section - connect the dots
  • Embed the checklist as an appendix
  • Support adoption of the updated Profile Template.
  • Harmonize assessment procedures across profiles
  • Statistical Assumption Testing Guidance
  • Conformance with the statistical assumptions is required at the various QIBA profile stages.
  • Need guidance on the assumptions in the profile, validating the assumptions and testing actors for meeting those assumptions.
  • Symmetrical vs Assymetrical change intervals?
  • Questions about the numbers in "Academic Radiology: ?? Paper"
  • Clinical Confirmation Process
  • Methodology/Study Design guidance/requirements for achieving "Clinically Confirmed"
  • QIBA Tooling
  • How to use Google Docs?
  • Issues with references, access restricted by federal agencies and some companies
  • Round trip fidelity between Word-Google-Word
  • QIBA Wiki
  • QIBA Wiki Improvements
  • Create page for comment resolutions of past Public Comment Profiles
  • Consider how to handle handoffs between RSNA website
  • Wiki serves QIBA Committee work. Consider a new user oriented site (clinicians, administrators).
  • Maybe a new TF to support Adoption (can include some Process people)
  • Ed, Brad, Joe, Kevin, Dan, RSNA Webperson
  • Start by looking at what is on the RSNA QIBA pages,
  • Literature Search
  • Ask for a status update?
  • Process/best practices for initial literature search around a new biomarker/profile
  • Does someone have a draft set of guidance to kick this off? (Nancy, Anna Wu, Hendrik Lau, Andy)
  • Where do you store references, what kind of search works best, what exactly are you looking for?
  • Also meta-analysis guidance to determine sources and levels of variance
  • PDF/DWI - using Google Sheet to track/tabulate/organize - inherently input from many sources so nice to have centralized, commonly edited, accessible
  • Profile Selection Process
  • Consider additional criteria/evaluation based on experiences
  • Profile Maintenance Process
  • Propose change tracking process
  • Propose conventions for Profile editions/versions
  • Profile Retirement Process
  • Publication Process
  • Sketch up publication process for Official Docs (CC approval vote, send to RSNA Staff)
  • Write up Standard Approval Practices for committee documents
  • Quality check mechanism, voting mechanism
  • Start simple with this and add complexity only as needed.
  • Address relationship between wiki content (current, easy to update) and website content (authoritative, stable)
  • Likely RSNA staff will periodically mirror wiki content up onto the website; address this in publication process.
  • On-boarding process
  • Help new committees, new members, new authors, new reviewers, new adopters
  • Add some "readers guide" text for reviewers, e.g. focus on Spec tables. Look at your relevant Activities/Procedures. Read the Discussion sections for more background.
  • "How to develop a Profile" Guidance
  • Joe's intro email, current template and stage docs, QIBA Fact Sheet
  • Could use a "fresh eyes"/newcomer commentary
  • Dan will send the current Fact Sheet to UCSF for feedback on contents
  • Kevin will work with Joe to get it into a Google Doc for revision and linking from the Wiki.
  • Guidelines for Reference Implementations and commercial products in Profiles (underlying algorithm available, list all comers, non-commercial?, etc).
  • Guidelines for assessment procedures to vet SW in Profiles
  • Clarify QIBA Profile vs UPICT Protocol (Venn Diagram)
  • Claim Guidance
  • Next revision cycle (2017Q3?)
  • Try to include a greater variety of modalities/targets.
  • See if we have come across a good example for TDI based CI (e.g. Scenarios BDFMNO)
  • PDFF will bring in a new style with a bias and slope that isn't 1.
  • MRE also different. Getting absolute measure not relative? Longitudinal claim. Assuming linearity based on some data, but not assessing yet.
  • Profile Disclaimer
  • Revist if Discriminatory Claims are addressed.
  • Consult RSNA about what disclaimer should address
  • Draft standardized disclaimer text for profiles
  • If QIBA did Discriminatory Claims, then there would be a stronger need for disclaimer, but lacking clinical outcome statments, maybe we don't have as strong a need? We stick to technical performance.
  • Public Comment attribution - don't push for anonymity. Encourage people to identify themselves (deserve credit and we want to be able to followup)
  • form can accept anonymous, but encourage constructive criticism that will be taken in the spirit given.
  • TODO - set up Wiki page for holding all the comment resolution records from past public comment.
  • TODO - work with RSNA on a boilerplate email to send to commenters (who gave their email on the comment form) pointing to the resolutions document for their submitted comments.

See Also

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