EHR

Defining an Open Platform – The Reformation of Digital Health

On the 31 October 1517 Martin Luther nail his “Ninety-Five Theses” on to the door of a chapel in Wittenberg, Germany and started the Reformation. 500 years later on the 32 October 2017 Apperta published “Defining an Open Platform”. Being the modest folk we are it contains a mere eight principles and we launched it…

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Open Digital Platform Challenge Fund

Many  will be aware of the proposal that Tony Shannon and I have been promoting to persuade the decking to allocate 1% of the money they plan to spend on an “Open Digital  Platform Challenge Fund” to stimulate the development of an open digital ecosystem based on open standards. We have had a positive response…

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Hiding the Onions – Interop and Open Platforms

Follow @WoodcoteEwan With McKinsey telling us that open platforms can save more that 11% of total health care costs, we really have to sweep away the barriers and make it happen. This means moving to an open platform architecure meeting the principles I described in my last blog, which require open standards, open data and open APIs. While…

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Would you like to build health and care software 100 times faster?

Follow @WoodcoteEwan I’ve written before about openEHR and how I think its time has come. I been talking to lots of people about openEHR and it’s clear it takes a while to really understand its power – It took me 15 years. In this blog I try and summarise what I think makes it different…

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openEHR a Game Changer Comes of Age

Follow @WoodcoteEwan I’ve been watching openEHR over more than fifteen years, and although I have always been impressed by its potential to enable us to do things differently, I must admit it has been a slow burn, and take up has been limited, particularly in the UK where it was invented. However, due to some…

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Moscow eHealth a Model for the UK

Follow @WoodcoteEwan The approach that Moscow City Council has adopted to create an open platform to support health and social care services in Moscow which uses some of the same technology as the Code4Health platform would seem to have relevance to the UK and in particular is a good fit for the needs of emerging…

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IMS and Open Maxims – A big step forward for NHS Open Source

IMS’s recent decision to open source its Maxims EHR as Open Maxims  is to be very much applauded and their decision to do so under the AGPL licence is an encouraging indication of their commitment to a mainstream open source approach. However, making the code available is just the first step. Exploiting the opportunities that…

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PHRs – An important but limited role

There is a lot of interest around PHRs at the moment at senior levels within the NHS, but there seems to be a lack of clarity the role PHRs might play in the UK If we are to make progress we have to develop a shared understanding of what we are hoping to achieve, what…

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NHS and Vista Integration

Here is my presentation I gave at the CAMTA Annual Meeting in London on 14 November 2013 CAMTA, otherwise known as the M Technology Association – UK & Ireland, is a non-profit educational organisation. Its aims are to further the utilisation, improvement and understanding of the M Technology language , and also InterSystems CACHÉ that…

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A Pilot Site for NHS VistA – Please?

Moving the open source agenda require that NHS Trust submit Expressions of Interests (EoI) for open source projects under NHS England’s £260 million Technology Fund by the deadline on 31th July. Over recent weeks I’ve been persuaded that there would be real value for the patients, the NHS and the UK health informatics industry in the creation…

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