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About wolandscat

I work on semantic architectures for interoperability of information systems. Much of my time is spent studying biomedical knowledge using methods from philosophy, particularly ontology and epistemology.

e-Health standards – beyond the message mentality

[a monk’s retreat near Thalori village] I just spent a few days in Crete at an experts workshop of the European e-Standards project that aims to bridge well-known gaps in e-health standards and SDOs. I’ll comment on that effort in … Continue reading

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The e-Health platform as a standards integration project

[image: (c) 2014 Imogen Brand Rakers Photography] I have argued for an open platform approach in e-Health for some years now, as have others (Ewan Davis’s Nobody Can Own the Platform post is a nice summary of the issue). It’s clear that … Continue reading

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Making FHIR work for everybody

FHIR is the HL7’s modern approach to connecting components in the health computing space. Unlike the HL7v2 message approach, FHIR is oriented to enabling applications connect to back-ends. It has been running for a few years now, and is doing good work on how to … Continue reading

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Evolution of EHR solutions – from the proprietary to the post-modern

Tomaz Gornik from Marand, an innovation obsessive (and rightly so) provides a nice write-up of the evolution of solutions from: proprietary => best-of-breed integrated mega-suite => agile, multi-vendor The last is the new world of innovative, agile, mostly cloud-based and multi-vendor solutions. This … Continue reading

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Why IT people can’t build information systems

(on their own) Every so often I remember how we were taught to build information systems and software. One of the steps is called ‘requirements capture’. The IT people are supposed to go and interrogate domain experts, in a step called ‘use … Continue reading

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The innovations of openEHR

The European Commission is putting together a position on disruptive innovation in health. Their preliminary opinion paper references Clayton Christensen’s The Innovator’s Prescription a number of times, as I did aeons ago in this post on the Crisis in e-health Standards. … Continue reading

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An Asciidoctor IDE wish list

A while ago I blogged on why we replaced FrameMaker with Asciidoctor for the technical publishing function of openEHR.org. At around that time I posted on an Asciidoctor mailing list my wishlist for Asciidoctor. I reproduce that list here. As … Continue reading

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New openEHR Whitepaper – for an open platform future

Today saw the release of a new openEHR whitepaper, which provides a nice summary of open platforms thinking for e-health. From the executive summary: The key elements of openEHR’s strategic value to future development are: Technically it is a platform approach, … Continue reading

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Yet another e-health standards comparison, corrected

Recently HSCIC and NHS England published an Interoperability Handbook, intended to help provider CIOs and others steer the difficult waters of obtaining interoperable health IT solutions. The target audience is listed as: CCG Clinical Leaders, Chief Clinical Information Officers, Chief … Continue reading

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Goodbye to Adobe FrameMaker, Hello AsciiDoctor

I am probably one of the longest time users of Adobe FrameMaker in the world. I started using it at version 2, sometime around 1990, and finished with it a few months ago. For most of this period it was … Continue reading

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