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Representing FHIR clinical content in openEHR | Blog - Atomica Informatics


Over the past few days I’ve attempted the task of representing the FHIR Skin and Wound Assessment profiles using openEHR archetypes.

The long slow death of UML | Woland's cat


The Unified Modelling Language aka UML has been around for 22 years, as you can see from the OMG UML page. We use it extensively to publish the openEHR specifications, in a similar way to many other organisations. Developers often …

A common data language is essential for digital health disruption | Blog - Atomica Informatics


The lack of a common health data language has been ‘the elephant in the room’ for a very long time. Unfortunately, very few people acknowledge the need for a clinical lingua franca as a critical foundation for eHealth. The mainstream view seems to be that messages are/will be enough and that creating a standard language for health information is either too hard or too complicated. Is it really that hard? Or is that just the view of those with vested interest in perpetuating the message paradigm?

openEHR for policymakers | Musings of a confused technology addict.


As of end of 2018, I’ve been working on openEHR for almost 15 years, beginning with my exposure to openEHR archetypes during a European Union research project, around 2003 or so. During these fifteen years, I tried to explain my (sometimes incorrect at the time) understanding of openEHR to many people who occupied various positions: …

Why NPfIT failed | Woland's cat


Below is my list of reasons why I think NPfIT failed. NPfIT was the NHS National Programme for IT in health, starting in 2002, with Richard Grainger appointed as NHS IT director. A timeline is published here. NPfIT is generally …

Services Landscape for e-Health | Woland's cat


Every so often I get bored of what I am doing and start trying to draw one of those ‘services roadmap’ kind of diagrams for e-Health. These pretty pictures appear in slide presentations, standards, whitepapers etc, but are not often …

FHIR v openEHR – concreta | Woland's cat


Some readers may have read my previous post FHIR compared to openEHR. If not, I recommend you do, it is available in Spanish, Japanese and Chinese as well as English. Here I aim to clarify some of the concrete differences …

Chasing data patterns | Blog - Atomica Informatics


Dear engineer colleagues, please try to understand that the domain we are modelling is not simple or clear cut. The reality is that every time we think we can identify a common pattern, almost immediately we find a use case that breaks it. We know this isn’t ideal, but it is our reality. That said, we have identified some useful patternish things and we will endeavour to document this better in the future.

Why the platform will replace today’s interoperability standards in healthcare | Woland's cat


For decades, most of us working in health informatics and e-health have lived on the assumption that ‘interoperability’ is one of the main things we are trying to achieve, and that it is the most important because the lack of …

openEHR Basic Meta-Model (BMM) and syntax major upgrade | Woland's cat


The openEHR Basic Meta-Model (BMM) that has been in use in some form for nearly 10 years now was recently upgraded to version 3.0.0 (from 2.x), with the persistence format (now called P_BMM) being backwards-compatibly upgraded to version 2.3. The …

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