Tag: Interoperability

Digital Health Rewired Panel Paper: FHIR and openEHR

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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
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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INTEROPen presents: One London Hackathon

This FREE* event will provide an opportunity for members of the INTEROPen community to learn from the recent successes of the One London LHCRE and help ‘hack’ towards resolving outstanding challenges facing this and other LCHRE areas – testing the scalability of solutions that will connect care providers across health and social care.

On the day of the hackathon, examples will be given for solutions to each of the three challenges:

– The connection of primary medication and allergies data from the primary care systems and into Coordinate My Care.
– The bidirectional sharing of information from PHR
– The interconnectivity of the National Record Locator

Hackathon participants will have the day to ‘hack’ and solve both architectural and technological connectivity hurdles, with the opportunity to produce first of type connections that we will seek to scale for the pan-London LHCRE programme, and to enable connectivity with two other LHCREs; Greater Manchester, and Yorkshire and Humberside.

We will be using CareConnect FHIR resources curated by the INTEROPen community. These resources make it possible for us to further standardise and share data through APIs, which will support this development and deployment. London Chief Clinical Information Officers will be on hand to help vendors to sense-check examples for real-world use.

In keeping with INTEROPen values, vendors from across the community are invited to attend both planning WebExes and the hackathon event. Information will be shared through these WebExes and on the Ryver collaboration platform to set out the scope and agenda for the hackathon, and to provide participants with the information to commence their architectural plans.

Brief Agenda:
08:30 – 17:00 – Set up, presentations and Hackathon (including lunch & refreshments)
17:00 – 19:00 – Post Hack Reception (drinks, nibbles & networking)
(detailed agenda to follow)

Who should attend:
Sign up for the whole hackathon (08:30 – 19:00) if you are a Software Engineer, Developer, Product Support Analyst, Implementation Consultant, Interface Manager, Product Owner, or a techie with a heart full of FHIR.

Sign up for the post-hack presentations and drinks reception (17:00 – 19:00) if you are a CIO, CCIO, CEO, CMIO, Digital Transformation Lead, IT Manager, LHCRE/GDE Lead, or care professional with an interest in health informatics.

INTEROPen Hackathon Aims:
H = help curate the UK’s Care Connect FHIR profiles and API operations
A = accelerate product development and roadmaps
C = connect people to inspire, learn and jointly explore potential use cases
K = knuckle down and write code or configure software to test these new interfaces

We hope you will join us for this FREE* event to help promote the use of these Care Connect standards and ‘polish’ the specifications; curation on FHIR!


*ticket charge refunded on attendance

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