Tag: Interoperability

Digital Health Rewired Panel Paper: FHIR and openEHR

INTEROPen paper on FHIR and openEHR

We receive so many questions about FHIR and openEHR – what are they, when can you (or should you) use which or both? In preparation for our panel session at Digital Health Rewired, Ian McNicoll of openEHR Foundation, Amir Mehrkar of INTEROPen and Tony Shannon of Ripple Foundation (with a little help from friends including Grahame Grieve!) have been busy pulling together this paper on FHIR and openEHR in an attempt to answer those questions.

Setting aside personal passions, this paper is in an attempt to open minds, challenge thinking and look at ways in which the rich ecosystem of standards can be put to best use to deliver interoperability across health and social care.

This paper and all the arguments that surround it will be discussed at the INTEROPen panel session ‘INTEROPen: openEHR or FHIR’ at 16.10 in the Clinical Software stream at Digital Health Rewired on 26th March 2019.

The panel will include the following representatives from the INTEROPen Board:
Luke Readman, INTEROPen co-Chair
Amir Mehrkar, INTEROPen clinical co-chair
Ian McNicoll, openEHR Representative
David Hancock, techUK Representative
Ben McAlister, Vendor Representative
Ian Townend, NHS England
and
Mike Chapman of Allscripts (not on the INTEROPen Board)

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INTEROPen formalises collaboration with the PRSB and Royal College of Physicians

On 22 May 2018, Luke Readman, Co-Chair of INTEROPen, Lorraine Foley, CEO of The PRSB and Dr Ian Bullock, CEO of The Royal College of Physicians, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreeing to ‘work together to advance interoperability across the NHS and social care through engagement of clinicians and care professionals patient/carer representatives, vendors and informaticians’.

The PRSB, INTEROPen and the RCP have taken this decision to formally recognise the strengths of each party and to foster an open and transparent business relationship, based on trust and mutual respect. The parties will develop collaborative, compelling and value for money responses to work packages, the first of which is detailed in the MoU. It is proposed that the partnership will secure the delivery of an end-to-end model, ensuring that professional standards are embedded into digital solutions using interoperability open standards, such as INTEROPen CareConnect FHIR profiles, and adopted into everyday practice to improve the information-sharing that underpins safe and effective care. With over 140 vendor organisations as members, including techUK, INTEROPen recognises the role of vendors as a crucial partner in this end-to-end model for the delivery of interoperable systems.

This partnership will be underpinned by the following core principles (abridged from MoU):

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