Category Archives: standards

What is a ‘standard’: legislation or utilisation?

Bert Verhees, a colleague from the openEHR community made this post recently to the openehr-technical mailing list: OpenEHR is not a standard, it is a formal specification. http://www.iso.org/iso/home/standards.htm ISO, What is a standard: “A standard is a document that provides requirements, … Continue reading

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Health interoperability standards are a pre-platform concept. Discuss.

There is a growing recognition that we need an open platform concept to solve e-health interoperability and reuse problems. Some evidence of this I noted in my recent post ‘What is an open platform’, including various US-based cross vendor platform … Continue reading

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Evaluating e-health standards II – governance and commercial aspects

Following on from my post yesterday, Grahame Grieve commented that I had not dealt with issues of stability and commercial acceptability. I had not originally intended to do that, but on reflection, he is right – a standard that is … Continue reading

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Beyond the hype: evaluating e-health standards

A new e-health standard comes along every couple of years. In Gartner hype cycle terms, it starts out on the rise toward the ‘peak of inflated expectations’, then falls into the ‘trough of disillusionment’, before either dying or rising again … Continue reading

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ONC Hearing on the JASON Report – openEHR perspective

Recently I was asked to provide testimony to the ONC hearings on the JASON report, from an openEHR point of view. I did so on 31 July 2014. The JASON report is entitled “A Robust Health Data Infrastructure”. It surveys the problems … Continue reading

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Why most health IT procurement fails and how to fix it

A strange thing happens in health IT solution procurement, and by extension government initiatives that seek to influence it. See if you can disagree with the following characterisation of health provider organisations as solution purchasers. Think You’re Getting What You Want? CIOs … Continue reading

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What is an ‘open platform’?

The word ‘platform’ is starting to reach the same status as the word ‘internet’ – part of the bedrock, but many have no idea what it really is. In e-health particularly, ‘platform’ is often mixed up with ‘open source’, ‘APIs’ and ‘standards’ … Continue reading

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Why clinical models are essential to big data

I attended HIMSS 2014 in the mammoth convention centre in Orlando 10 days ago, and went to a session on ‘Clinical Decision Support – is progress being made?’. Despite this being the dead Thursday of HIMSS, around 50 people showed … Continue reading

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Archetype unification proposal – node identifiers

    happy new year and best wishes for 2014. I hope your new year’s day is a bright one (unless you live in the UK, in which case it’s a lost cause here today 😉 I have been working … Continue reading

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ADL/AOM 1.5 (major) progress update

I have been working for some years on the side on the long overdue Archetype Definition Language (ADL) 1.5 and Archetype Object Model (AOM) 1.5 specifications (dev page). I have made some major progress just recently, of the ‘nice’ kind, … Continue reading

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