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The details of membership to the Localisation Programme is explained in the Governance section, but basicaly these are:

1) Qualified Members: these are the people who will do the actual work with substantial understanding of openEHR, experience and skill set. Current members are:

  • Shinji Kobayashi (Japan / Ehime University)
  • Eizen Kimura (Japan / Ehime University)
  • Erik Sundvall (Sweden / Linköping University)
  • Rong Chen (Sweden / Cambio Systems)
  • Pablo Pazos Gutierrez (Uruguay / Independent ICT)
  • Jussara Rötzsch (Brazil / Independent Consultant and Ministry of Health)
  • Nuno Miguel Monteiro (Portugal / Critical Software)
  • Ricardo Correia (Portugal / University of Porto)
  • Sergio Carmona (Chile / Obstetrics & Gynecology MD)
  • Ian McNicoll (UK / Ocean Informatics)
  • Thomas Beale (UK / Ocean Informatics )
  • Sebastian Garde (Germany / Ocean Informatics)
  • Shahla Fozonkhah (Australia / Ocean Informatics)
  • Sam Heard (Australia / Ocean Informatics)
  • Alastair Kenworthy (New Zealand / Ministry of Health)
  • Chris Paton (New Zealand / University of Auckland)
  • David Hay (New Zealand / Orion Health & HL7 NZ)
  • Jim Warren (New Zealand / University of Auckland)
  • Koray Atalag (New Zealand / University of Auckland)
  • Rowena Cullen (New Zealand / Victoria University of Wellington)

2) Local Members: these are enthusiastic individuals in a particular locale who have an interest in and potential to contribute to openEHR. They will be under each country in the Countries page.

3) Programme Committe: qualified and elected members with decision making responsibility ( between 5 and 9 individuals)

Shinji Kobayashi MD, PhD (Japan)

Shinji KOBAYASHI is an associate professor in the EHR research unit, Kyoto University. He has worked as a clinical hematology/oncologist and researched clinical informatics. He launched and leads openEHR localisation in Japan as well as the Ruby implementation of openEHR. This localisation work is now propagating to Asia.

Erik Sundvall, PhD (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 theses, e.g. one leading to the first openEHR Archetype editor in Java.

Research page.

Rong Chen MD, PhD (Sweden)

Rong Chen, MD PhD, is the Chief Medical Informatics Officer and the head of Medical Informatics Group at Cambio Healthcare Systems, Sweden, where he is responsible for the research and development in clinical decision support and knowledge management.

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 Java Reference 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.

Pablo Pazos Gutierrez (Uruguay)

Pablo Pazos Gutiérrez has Computer Engineering degree from UdelaR (University of the Republic), Uruguay. He has worked with health information systems, standards and interoperability since 2006. His first project in eHealth was an EHR based on openEHR, and he is part of the openEHR community since 2006. His interests include software architecture of distributed and integrated systems, information models, clinical data repositories, open platforms and open source.

In 2011 Pablo created the first online full length course about openEHR in Spanish, since then he coordinates the openEHR community in Spanish. In 2012 Pablo founded CaboLabs, a company that provides consultancy and training in health information systems, standards and interoperability. Since then he has developed several courses and workshops. Pablo is a member of the openEHR SEC, heavily involved in openEHR software development, as well as in disseminating the standard in Latin America, in association with the Chilean Association of Health Informatics (ACHISA).

Published papers; blog

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.

Ian McNicoll, MD, MSc (United Kingdom)

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 HANDIhealth 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.

Thomas Beale FBCS CITP (United Kingdom)

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.

After participating in the GEHR project in 1994 with Prof David Ingram's team at CHIME, UCL (UK), he worked since 1998 on EHR architectures, and participated in international standards work (OMG HDTF, HL7, CEN TC/251) for many years. He is one of the founders of the openEHR Foundation, and principal editor of the specifications. He designed the archetype formalism (ADL) and object model (AOM), now an ISO standard. He ran the Architecture Review Board 2005 - 2008.

He has published a number of papers in health informatics and has also presented widely on EHRs, e-Health and archetypes.

Sebastian Garde, Dr. sc. hum., Dipl.-Inform. Med., FACHI (Germany)

Sebastian Garde is a Health Informatician with a doctoral degree from the University of Heidelberg, Germany and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics.

In his current position at Ocean Informatics, he is the technical lead for the openEHR Clinical Knowledge Manager (CKM) and is involved in openEHR and its application in various ways. Previously, Sebastian was a Research Fellow and Postdoctoral Research Fellow for Health Informatics at Central Queensland University, Australia from 2004-2007 and a Research Associate at Austin Health, Melbourne, one of Australia's largest hospitals. From 2001-2004 he was a scientific employee at the Department of Medical Informatics of the Heidelberg University Medical Centre in Germany.

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

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.

The work has continued as a Director of the openEHR Foundation, and CEO until 2012 and 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.


Koray Atalag MD, PhD, FACHI (New Zealand)

Koray is a medical doctor with PhD in Information Systems and a fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics. Having developed a number of successful clinical applications in the past (e.g. PATHOS-WEB for reporting and analysis in anatomical pathology) his goal is to bring together health and other related data in a consistent and computable manner so as to open up the way for new biomedical breakthroughs.

Based at the University of Auckland (joint appointment with Auckland Bioengineering Institute and the National Institute for Health Innovation), his research interests include clinical information modelling, EHR standards and software maintainability, and teaches healthcare decision support systems. Koray is vice-chair of HL7 New Zealand, leads the openEHR Localisation Program and sits in the Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO) and a member of the Sector Architects Group. Koray has co-authored the New Zealand Interoperability Reference Architecture and led technical evaluations of major health IT innovation projects. He also advises the government and industry.


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