openEHR Management Board

openEHR News | Dec. 7, 2016, 6:02 p.m.

openEHR Management Board

News Roundup 2016


Elected members:  Ian McNicoll, Tomaz Gornik, Koray Atalag, Rong Chen, Thomas Beale

Board of Governors appointment: Sam Heard

Co-opted members: Silje Ljosland Bakke


January / February

openEHR Japan Association formally established as a not-for-profit organisation.


openEHR Ambassador Poland - Krzysztof Kulesza formally appointed as.


openEHR China appoints first openEHR ambassador, Prof Huilong Duan.


Strategy Planning Meeting - The management board held its first Strategy planning meeting, some of the issues / outcomes were:-.

·         FHIR - need to be proactive and look to work/build collaboratively.  Need to reach out to others and talk with them and establish dialogue if possible.

·         Interoperability is not our primary role. A clear message around openEHR should be made that it is not just about interoperability and maybe look at doing something to educate people.  openEHR can define clinical content, not competing with FHIR/interoperability. It is about a different way of building systems. It can help define content for interoperability at the same time.

·         Clinical Modelling -Core archetypes are being aligned with FHIR.

·         Clinical Modelling Editorial Meetings - need someone to lead. Need to look at steps to establish this further.

·         Governance Changes

May ongoing

Education Program Group – work is ongoing with regard to certification / accreditation, including formal course planning.  Once this work has progressed further a group webpage will be created.


Co-opted Board member – Silje Ljosland Bakke was co-opted to the Management Board.


Specifications Editorial Committee (SEC)- Christian Chevalley elected to.


Board of Governors - Thomas Beale appointed to.


Academic repository for openEHR set up and contains related publications and other related material (e.g. presentations, blogs, videos and more!) using Zotero, a freely available reference manager. From the openEHR website we have provided links to the web-based repository from the Getting Involved/Universities & Research page, where you can browse/search and view bibliographic information.  


Industry Partner ‘Micro-startup’ Membership level introducedfor companies new to the eHealth sector with less than 3 full-time equivalent staff working on eHealth projects. Level valid for first 2 years of membership only, then companies must upgrade to one of the standard Industry Partner levels.  The first ‘Micro startup’ Industry Partner, Operon Systems Ltd, joined openEHR. 


Governance Changes – members have been contacted with information, and views sought on plans to enhance openEHR as a self-governing, legally and financially accountable community and move to a formal not-for-profit organisation that will sit alongside UCL as a member organisation of the openEHR Foundation.

We are asking all subscribing members only at this stage to consider proposals and contribute to a discussion via [Note: you will need to login to the site to access page.] 

Industry Partners


Industry News Policy – introduced to give guidance for posting news. Detail can be viewed HERE


New Industry Partners - We welcomed new Industry Partners to membership:- Infinnity Solutions Ltd, Evgeny Agafonov and BPAC inc, Eric Robertson. 


August / September

HEC / MIE 28 Aug to 2 Sept - openEHR had an exhibition stand along with Industry Partners at this European event held in Munich, Germany. There was also strong contribution to scientific sessions and workshop/tutorials - program and link to presentations HERE. This conference linked activities of scientific disciplines: Medical Informatics, Medical Biometry, Bioinformatics, Epidemiology and Health Data Management.  The event was well attended and we hope to have a presence at the event next year. 

Technical / Clinical


Specifications Editorial Meeting held in Stockholm and outcomes can be found HERE

Looking Ahead to 2017

MIE 24-26 April 2017 - Manchester

We will be having a presence at this event and are currently looking for members participation in a panel / workshop / demo at the event.  Anyone interested in being involved please see and respond HERE.

In addition, consideration is being given to exhibiting at the event and we hope to finalise our plans for this early 2017.

openEHR Architecture

New features planned for the openEHR architecture in 2017 include:
•             planning and checklist support for orders
•             reports
•             support for Order Sets
•             support for Care Plans


Members are fairly static and we still need as many people as possible to join and get involved in the openEHR Foundation, so if you are not already a member, please consider membership.  Go to


Thank you to everyone who has supported and been involved with openEHR -
wishing all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 


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