Foundation Board


Ian McNicoll, MBChB, MSc

June 2023 -

Ian is a former Scottish GP, and has been involved in healthcare informatics for nearly 30 years, working with and promoting openEHR technologies for the last 8 years, initially with Ocean Informatics and latterly as an independent consultant.

His current focus is on the promotion of the Apperta open e-health platform ecosystem, with openEHR at its core, and the development of a related Development Platform, adopted by NHS England as a key part of their Code4Health initiative.

A Director of the openEHR Foundation Board. Previous Chair of the openEHR Management Board, and Director of the International Board from March 2019 until November 2022.

John Meredith

Nov 2022 -

John is a Health Informatics professional with 18 years’ experience working in the NHS and currently a senior architect working in NHS Wales, leading on clinical data modelling and interoperability use cases, spearheading the adoption of openEHR in Wales, and working closely with partners across the UK and Europe.

His academic research in health began with an opportunity to publish a paper focusing on system usability. This gave him a first-hand account of proving the benefits that correctly architected software can provide clinicians. Currently undertaking PhD research into clinical data structures and interoperability standards with University of Wales Trinity Saint David / Wales Institute of Digital Information.

Recent research includes the Contextual Problem List and the origination of the FOXS stack, encompassing FHIR, openEHR, XDS and SNOMED CT as means develop an open platform of standardised specifications and components. He is currently working to implement this in NHS Wales as part of the drive for an open approach to national architecture.

Mikael Nyström, PhD

Nov 2022 -

Mikael is a board member of Swedish Medical Informatics Association where he is product owner for the association's openEHR work.  He also works at Cambio Healthcare Systems AB, since the autumn of 2019, as a Senior Informatician and Informatic Content Lead. 

He received a M.Sc. in computer science and engineering from Linköping University in 2002. From 2002 to 2019 he worked at Linköping University as researcher and lecturer in medical informatics. His main interest areas were how classifications and SNOMED CT together with openEHR can be used to compile health record information. He received a Ph.D. in medical informatics in 2010.

Mikael has been involved in the openEHR community since 2004, and member in SNOMED International's advisory committees since the organisation started in 2007. He has also been working part-time as a consultant for Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare and for SNOMED International and as eHealth expert at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB.

Professor Emeritus David Ingram, PhD

2002 -

David Ingram is Emeritus Professor of Health Informatics at UCL, President of openEHR, Director of openEHR Foundation and past Chair; 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.

Sam Heard MD, FRACGP, MRCGP, FACHI (Chair)

2000 -

Sam Heard 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.

Sam was appointed as Chair of the openEHR Foundation Board in June 2023, where he has served as a Director for many years. He was CEO until 2012 and now a current board Chair of Ocean Health Systems. 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.

Thomas Beale

Oct 2016 -

Thomas is one of the founders of openEHR International and is the chief technical architect and editor of the openEHR specifications, and was the co-chair on the Specifications Editorial Committee (SEC) up to 2023. He is also a openEHR CIC Board member.

He has participated in international standards work (OMG HDTF, HL7, CEN TC/251) for many years. He designed the archetype formalism (ADL), object model (AOM) (an ISO standard), the Basic Meta-Model (BMM), and much of the Task Planning and Decision Language specifications.

He has consulted for Intermountain Healthcare, the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and various ministries, departments of health and other public agencies in places including Australia, UK, Brazil, Jamaica, Denmark, Sweden, and Catalonia.

Thomas's academic background is in Electrical Engineering (communications) and Computer Science. His earlier professional work was in real-time distributed control (SCADA) systems for power, gas and mining; investment management and finance, and document and software configuration management systems.

He has published a number of papers in health informatics and has presented widely on the patient-centric EHR, the model-based platform eco-system, and e-Health strategy.

Thomas is VP Informatics at GraphiteHealth.

Tomaž Gornik

Mar 2019 -

Tomaž is the CEO of Better and an experienced leader of a large group of developers building world-class software products for more than 30 years. He is always challenging his team to build better software using state-of-the-art technology, architectures and processes. He has a deep understanding of software platforms, architecture, deployment and business models.

Tomaž has a proven track record delivering innovative turn-key solutions for large clients in telecommunications, finance and healthcare. He has been speaker at conferences including TeleManagement Forum, HIMSS and Health 2.0.


Past members

Bill Aylward MD, MA, MB, BChir, FRCS, FRCOphth

Member (2013 - Nov 2018)

Dr Bill Aylward 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.

Dipak Kalra, PhD, FRCGP

Member (01/01/2012 - 28/02/2015)

Dipak Kalra was Clinical Professor of Health Informatics at University College London, United Kingdom. He is President of the European Institute for Health Records (EuroRec) and a past 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.

Jussara Rötzsch, MD

Member (2012 - Feb 2015)

Jussara Rötzsch has a Masters in Psychiatry and today specialises in health informatics and e-health strategy. She was also a consultant to the Brazil Ministry of Health in the national EHR project until 2018. She worked as Business Analyst of the exchange content model of TISS project (Nationwide Electonic Health Information Exchange between health plans and healthcare providers).

Jussara was awarded 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.

Silje Ljosland Bakke, RN

Member (Mar 2019 - Nov 2022)

Silje is a registrered nurse and informatician, and has worked in health IT in the Norwegian hospital sector since 2009.

She’s been a leading figure in Norway's openEHR modelling, governance and training effort since 2013, and was co-lead for the openEHR Clinical Modelling Program from 2014-2021 and openEHR International board member from 2015-2021.

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