Jul 032012

15:00 – 19:00 – Wednesday 11 July

Venue courtesy Totally Health plc -  Unit 800 Highgate Studios, 53-79 Highgate Road, Kentish Town, London, NW5 1TL - Just a short walk from Kentish Town tube.www.totallyplc.com/our-companies/totally-health

This meeting has been arranged at short notice to present these two open technologies and discuss how they might be used together to support the App ecosystem with a view to further work in the Autumn

There will be the opportunity for remote participation – Using NHSocial the new collaboration tool from Tactix4. Details will be sent to those who register for remote participation.

Places are limited pre-booking is ESSENTIAL – Please ensure you selection the correct ticket for either personal or remote attendance.

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SMART Platform is a US Government funded open source initiative, spearheaded by Harvard Medical School, that provides a means by which EHR systems can be extended and accessed by third-party applications. SMART defines a set of technical and API standards that are independent of the underlying systems. "SMART containers" have already been produced for a number of EHR and PHR, and an ecosystem of SMART apps that can access such EHRs is already beginning to develop in the US.

OpenEHR  is a project of the not-for-profit OpenEHR foundation and is about creating specifications, open source software and tools for a health care interoperability platform. In the clinical space, it is about creating high-quality, re-usable clinical models of content and process - known as archetypes - along with formal interfaces to terminology. Systems based on OpenEHR which, draws heavily on the European standard CEN13606, have been implemented in a number of countries and OpenEHR’s standard for clinical models ADL has be adopted by CIMI bringing together work in the HL7 and OpenEHR communities.  Also look at openEHR Clinical Knowledge Manager at www.openehr.org/knowledge

Those behind SMART and OpenEHR have had some previous discussions on possible opportunities for collaboration which HANDI is keen to accelerate.

This meeting will include expert presentation of the two technologies and an opportunity to explore their further use in the UK and/or possible collaboration at a global level.

If you are new to either SMART or OpenEHR you will find it helpful to review the relevant website above before attending the meeting

The aim of the meeting is to make participants aware of the current capabilities and future plans in relation to:

  • The SMART Platform - Rob Tweed will lead on this with input from US colleagues who will hopefully join virtually – Rob is a UK based developer who has worked with SMART on the creation of a SMART wrapper for VistA open source EHR
  • OpenEHR – Dr Ian McNicoll and Seref Arikan will lead on this. Ian is a former GP and experienced informatician who has work on OpenEHR in the UK, Europe and Australia. Seref is a experience health informatician currently working on OpenEHR at UCL London (one of the founders of the OpenEHR Foundation).

The meeting will include senior figures from DH and NHS London with an interest in promoting this initiative in the UK.

I suggest we spend an hour on each aiming for 70% presentation 30% discussion

We will then explore

i)   How the OpenEHR and SMART communities might work together for mutual benefit (some pre-existing discussion indicate that there is potential)

ii)  How we might make use of SMART in the UK context (What opportunities/ opportunities can SMART enable in the UK market)

iii) What contribution the UK community might make to SMART (in the context of OpenEHR or otherwise)

iv)  How we encourage the UK developer community to explore and experiment with SMART and OpenEHR

v) Does the SMART platform need to be anglosised and what are the steps necessary to achieve this?

a) HANDI is keen to run a "Teach In/Hack Event" focussing on these platforms.  We should think about what ground work is required before and event like this. We need clear objectives and outcomes.

b) Put a project forward for NHS Hack Day Liverpool, picking up on the start made in London if the NHS Hack day organisers are happy with this proposal

c) Trying to tie the return leg of the intergovernmental event tentative suggested for Nov in the UK

v)    Next steps.