INTEROPen have launched a paper outlining the differing approaches and goals of FHIR and openEHR. We highly recommend reading the attached to understand the differing approaches and goals of each standard, and why they both have a valid and complementary place in the challenges faced in digitising health and social care. Please share with colleagues.
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INTEROPen Paper on FHIR & openEHR
We are pleased to update the openEHR community on the outcome of our EtherCIS international camp held over 3 days in London, December 2018.
A group of 12 individuals, representing 8 nationalities from academia, commercial and non-profit sectors came together to explore, discuss and plan the growth of EtherCIS and the open source openEHR community via an EtherCIS MkII plan. See here for the related roadmap that was agreed by the group as the way forward.
EtherCIS Camp attendees (left to right): Ricardo Goncalves, Jake Smolka, Birger Haarbrandt, Thomas Beale, Stefan Spiksa, Christian Chevalley, Ralf Schneider, Ian McNicoll, Stefan Schraps, Phil Barrett, Seref Arikan, Tony Shannon
We are grateful for the help and support of Tom Beale (Ars Semantica & openEHR Foundation) who is now leading an EtherCIS MkII subgroup, working to coordinate this effort towards the public open release of EtherCIS MkII within the next few months.
EtherCIS Clinical Data Repository is developing at pace with radical new improvements in its latest V1.2 release including enhanced security, more complex querying, federation, improved configuration capabilities and much more. EtherCIS is the leading open source implementation of the openEHR standard in action (including AQL support) and these new developments make the use of EtherCIS even more compelling in the marketplace.
EtherCIS development is supported by the non profit Ripple Foundation and is a key component of their “showcase stack” and work towards an open platform in healthcare. It is led by Christian Chevalley of ADOC Software Development who said, “We’re thrilled with the latest release of EtherCIS and proud that our work combines contributions by the community across the globe. It is helping Health IT to become sustainable, open, vendor neutral and delivers patient centered clinical data handling with knowledge engineering. Helping to deliver this message to key decision makers and leaders has been part of Ripple Foundation’s mission and we are excited to be part of the action.”
Dr Tony Shannon, Director of Ripple Foundation said, “We welcome the work that Christian and his company is continuing to deliver for EtherCIS, it’s a great achievement and really helps to ensure that open platforms are the future of Health IT. We are also thankfully that cities like Leeds in Britain are implementing EtherCIS in their area for Helm, the adoption of an open platform Person Held Record. EtherCIS is helping to contribute to the global endeavour of improving data quality, access, storage and research which is fit for 21st Century care.”
EtherCIS upgrade ensures sensitive data is further protected against eavesdropping and it controls access to the database, so users can only access the data they have been authorised to see.
Enhanced openEHR querying (AQL)
Users can now perform more complex querying due to new enhancements using openEHR templates for meta data. The openEHR standard has been adopted and implemented across healthcare systems throughout the world, representing the future of health IT.
Improved federation which allows information retrieval technology to simultaneously search in multiple resources. This means that a user can make a single query request which is then distributed to the search engines, databases or other query engines participating in the federation.
More configuration capabilities
EtherCIS REST server now supports a full set of parameters for basic HTTP, SSL, low resource monitoring and request logging.
Under the hood improvements
There has been an upgrade to a number of critical components including REST server, DB programmatic interface and XML handling. EtherCIS libraries have been cleaned up and simplified to reduce dependency conflicts and many unit tests have been finalised
Ripple Foundation is a community interest company that is supporting the adoption of an open health and care platform. It is a clinically led team that working with communities to support using an integrated digital care platform for today and the future. Open source, open standards and underpinned by an open architecture that can be used worldwide.
EtherCIS Clinical Data Repository. More info available at ethercis/
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EtherCIS developing at pace with radical new improvements
Ripple Foundation is launching a series of three videos that introduces viewers to openEHR. openEHR is an open, clinically lead approach to creating a standards based healthcare platform for the 21st Century. This includes standardised clinical content and information models for the health and care market. Allowing vendors and developers of front-end and back-end solutions to leverage a common set of standards to help design, store and querying rich clinical information sources. openEHR is leading the international field in this effort, with benefits for stakeholders and key decision makers which allows them to :
let their clinical experts be directly involved in solution development, via archetype authoring
built a patient centred record while avoiding technology and/or vendor lock-in
retain ownership of the data for primary and secondary use
Put another way… it is an open data standard, both vendor and technology neutral, that’s been designed to support the needs of 21st Century Healthcare.
Each video is approximately two minutes long and can be shared with anyone who wishes to understand more about openEHR.