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People in Governance

Board of Governors

Dr. Sam Heard - Chair of the Board (Australia)

Sam Heard (MBBS, MRCGP, FRACGP, FACHI) is a practicing clinician who has worked throughout his career in inner London (UK) and the Northern Territory (Australia) to assist the standardisation of health information to empower clinicians and their patients to improve health care and outcomes.

This work began with the Good European Health Record in the early 90s, continued through a long collaboration with Thomas Beale and CHIME at UCL, the establishment of Ocean Informatics as a commercial vehicle to assist in the vision and culminating in setting up the openEHR Foundation in London in 2002.

The work has continued as a Director of the openEHR Foundation, CEO until 2012 and now as Chairman of Ocean Informatics and most recently as Chairman of the openEHR Foundation. Sam was a foundation co-Chair of the HL7 EHR Technical Committee and has worked extensively with the UK and Australian national programs to utilise and refine the openEHR method.

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Professor David Ingram (United Kingdom)

David Ingram is Emeritus Professor of Health Informatics at UCL, President of the openEHR Foundation and a Trustee of the OpenEyes Charity. He was appointed to the first Chair in Medical Informatics in the UK, in 1989, and went on to establish the UCL Centre for Health Informatics and Multiprofessional Education, in 1995, of which he was Director until his retirement in 2011.

David led the foundational health record architecture research of the GEHR Project, within the EU, starting in 1991. From this and subsequent projects and collaborations emerged the openEHR Foundation - of which he was Founding Chair from 2002-2012 - and principal contributions of CHIME colleagues towards the CEN and ISO 13606 standards.

Since his retirement from academic life, he has been sailing, swimming, skiing and dancing more, and remains active in UCL spin out companies, including Charing Systems and Helicon Health, and as a PhD supervisor for CHIME students.

Professor Dipak Kalra (United Kingdom)

Dipak Kalra, PhD, FRCGP, British, is Clinical Professor of Health Informatics at University College London, United Kingdom. He is President of the European Institute for Health Records (EuroRec) and a Director of the openEHR Foundation.

Dipak plays a leading international role in research and development of electronic health record architectures and systems, including the requirements and models needed to ensure the robust long-term preservation of clinical meaning and protection of privacy. He leads the development of CEN and ISO standards on EHR interoperability, personal health records, EHR requirements, and has contributed to several EHR security and confidentiality standards.

Dipak is involved in European research on EHR system quality labelling, semantic interoperability and clinical knowledge discovery. He leads a EU Network of Excellence on semantic interoperability, and a project to develop a European roadmap on patient empowerment innovations. He leads the Managing Entity for a €16m Innovative Medicines Initiatives on the re-use of electronic health record information for clinical research, EHR4CR, alongside ten global pharmaceutical companies. He is also a partner in another IMI project, EMIF, on the development of a European clinical research platform federating multiple population health and cohort studies.

Management Board

Dr. Sam Heard (Australia)

Sam Heard (MBBS, MRCGP, FRACGP, FACHI) is a practicing clinician who has worked throughout his career in inner London (UK) and the Northern Territory (Australia) to assist the standardisation of health information to empower clinicians and their patients to improve health care and outcomes.

This work began with the Good European Health Record in the early 90s, continued through a long collaboration with Thomas Beale and CHIME at UCL, the establishment of Ocean Informatics as a commercial vehicle to assist in the vision and culminating in setting up the openEHR Foundation in London in 2002.

The work has continued as a Director of the openEHR Foundation, CEO until 2012 and now as Chairman of Ocean Informatics and most recently as Chairman of the openEHR Foundation. Sam was a foundation co-Chair of the HL7 EHR Technical Committee and has worked extensively with the UK and Australian national programs to utilise and refine the openEHR method.

Dr. Bill Aylward (United Kingdom)

Bill Aylward (MA MB BChir FRCS FRCOphth MD) is a senior Vitreoretinal Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, and 9 book chapters. He is the lead author of the highly regarded Video Atlas of Vitreoretinal Surgery.

before writing his MD thesis following two and a half years in Sydney working with Professor Frank Billson. He obtained further residency training at Moorfields, trained as a fellow with Peter Leaver in vitreoretinal surgery, and then with Don Gass in Medical Retina at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami.

He has been a consultant at Moorfields since 1994, and was Medical Director from 2002 to 2010. He is Chairman of the Informatics and Audit Committee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, and a member of their Professional Standards Committee. He is an international board member for the American Society of Retinal Specialists, and is Vice president of the Club Jules Gonin. He was a founder member of Euretina, and served as President from 2009 to 2011. He is currently director of the OpenEyes collaborative development of a state of the art electronic patient record for ophthalmology.

Professor David Ingram (United Kingdom)

David Ingram is Emeritus Professor of Health Informatics at UCL, President of the openEHR Foundation and a Trustee of the OpenEyes Charity. He was appointed to the first Chair in Medical Informatics in the UK, in 1989, and went on to establish the UCL Centre for Health Informatics and Multiprofessional Education, in 1995, of which he was Director until his retirement in 2011.

David led the foundational health record architecture research of the GEHR Project, within the EU, starting in 1991. From this and subsequent projects and collaborations emerged the openEHR Foundation - of which he was Founding Chair from 2002-2012 - and principal contributions of CHIME colleagues towards the CEN and ISO 13606 standards.

Since his retirement from academic life, he has been sailing, swimming, skiing and dancing more, and remains active in UCL spin out companies, including Charing Systems and Helicon Health, and as a PhD supervisor for CHIME students.

Professor Dipak Kalra (United Kingdom)

Dipak Kalra, PhD, FRCGP, British, is Clinical Professor of Health Informatics at University College London, United Kingdom. He is President of the European Institute for Health Records (EuroRec) and a Director of the openEHR Foundation.

Dipak plays a leading international role in research and development of electronic health record architectures and systems, including the requirements and models needed to ensure the robust long-term preservation of clinical meaning and protection of privacy. He leads the development of CEN and ISO standards on EHR interoperability, personal health records, EHR requirements, and has contributed to several EHR security and confidentiality standards.

Dipak is involved in European research on EHR system quality labelling, semantic interoperability and clinical knowledge discovery. He leads a EU Network of Excellence on semantic interoperability, and a project to develop a European roadmap on patient empowerment innovations. He leads the Managing Entity for a €16m Innovative Medicines Initiatives on the re-use of electronic health record information for clinical research, EHR4CR, alongside ten global pharmaceutical companies. He is also a partner in another IMI project, EMIF, on the development of a European clinical research platform federating multiple population health and cohort studies.

Dr. Ian McNicoll (United Kingdom)

Ian McNicoll was for many years a Glasgow GP and an Honorary Senior Research Associate with CHIME, UCL and an independent clinical informatics consultant, primarily working with Ocean Informatics on openEHR-based projects across Europe. He is a member of the NHS Scotland SCIMP Working Group and serves on the committee of the BCS Primary Health Care Specialist Group.

Dr. Jussara Rötzsch (Brazil)

Jussara Rötzsch has a Masters in Psychiatry and today specialises in health informatics and e-health strategy. She is also a consultant to the Brazil Ministry of Health in the national EHR project. She works as Business Analyst of the exchange content model of TISS project (Nationwide Electonic Health Information Exchange between health plans and healthcare providers).

Jussara became personality of the year in the category Incentivating E-business of Brasilian Association of E-business in 2006 and awarded at WoHIT'07 (World of Health IT Conference Award) in Vienna in 2007. Chair of National Committee for Health Information Standards and Interoperability within Private Health Insurance market (COPISS), from 2006 to 2009. Convener of WG 3- Semantic Content of HIT Commitee of Brazilian Standards Development Organization (ABNT) from 2007 to 2009.

Joana Feijó (Portugal)

Joana Feijó holds a degree in Microbiology from the Portuguese Catholic University, a Post-graduation in Basic and Molecular Biology and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Abel Salazar Biomedical Sciences Institute from the Oporto University.

Joana works at Critical Software, as a Business Development Manager for the Health area. She is responsible for product conceptualization, development and commercialization. During the last 3 years, she has been focused on an openEHR based product development for managing Clinical information.

Previous to joining Critical Group, Joana worked for ALERT Life Sciences Computing, S.A. as Director of Clinical Content Department and Functional Analysis Department. During her 3 years at ALERT, Joana was responsible for national and international teams regarding software specifications and Clinical Content definition for the clinical applications. She was also responsible for the medical consultant group.

Before ALERT Joana was an Associate Professor lecturing Biochemistry, Biophysics and Microbiology.

Rong Chen (Sweden)

Rong Chen, MD PhD, is the Chief Medical Informatics Officer and the head of Medical Informatics Group at Cambio Healthcare Systems, Sweden.

He’s responsible for the research and development in clinical decision support and knowledge management at Cambio.

Rong holds a PhD degree in health informatics on the subject of EHR semantic interoperability from Linköping University, Sweden. He is an associated researcher at the Health Informatics Centre at Karolinska Institutet, where he lectures and supervises PhD and master students.

Rong has contributed to several core openEHR design specifications, and has for many years led the openEHR Reference Java Implementation of openEHR. Rong is the lead author of Guideline Definition Language (GDL), which is designed to express clinical logic for scalable decision support with openEHR underpinning.


Program Leads

Thomas Beale - Specification Program (United Kingdom)

Thomas's academic background is in Electrical Engineering (communications) and Computer Science. Since 1998, he has worked on EHR architectures and archetypes, and participated in international standards work (OMG HDTF, HL7, CEN TC/251). He is one of the founders of the openEHR Foundation, and designed the archetype formalism (ADL) and object model (AOM), now an ISO standard. He has published a number of papers in health informatics. He has also presented widely on EHRs, e-Health and archetypes.

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Dr. Heather Leslie - Clinical Models Program (Australia)

Heather Leslie (MBBS, FRACGP, FACHI) is a General Practitioner and has participated in high-level health IT strategy development, as well as taking a hands-on role in creating software applications for use by Australian primary care clinicians and consumers. She was a leader in Personal Health Record development in Australia, supporting consumers to take a more active role in their health care, and this remains a strong personal interest. Heather joined Ocean Informatics in 2005, taking on a lead role in the authoring, review and governance of openEHR archetypes and templates.

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Erik Sundvall MSc - Software Program (Sweden)

Erik Sundvall has an MSc in Information Technology, and PhD in Medical informatics from Linköping University, Sweden. Recent activities focus on trying to tie things together via implementation of an openEHR based educational EHR system (LiU EEE) enabling reusable patient overview system at the same time as it is a test platform for a scalable REST based openEHR component/service design that aims to make it easier to deploy openEHR based systems by putting together components from different projects/vendors/platforms. Erik has also supervised several student projects and MSc thesis, e.g. one leading to the first openEHR Archetype editor in Java.

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Dr. Koray Atalag - Localisation Program (New Zealand)

Having trained in Medicine and completing PhD in Information Systems, Koray's main focus is on Electronic Health Records (EHR). He has led development of a number of successful applications. The most prominent one is the PATHOS-WEB Project for reporting and analysis in anatomical pathology. Installed in some 25 large laboratories in Turkey, more than two million records have been collected since 1996. In order for health informatics to be recognised as an academic discipline he played a key role during establishment of the Department of Medical Education and Informatics at Hacettepe University. Koray then led work for the development of health informatics curriculum and a graduate program in health informatics.

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