Speakers

Anže Droljc

Anže Droljc

Business Development Director, Better, Slovenia

Anže Droljc has worked closely with numerous health and care providers worldwide over the last 17 years. He has been actively involved with the Dutch digital health landscape for the last two years. His primary focus is always to understand the needs and tasks of users and key decision-makers in healthcare so he can help them make more informed decisions on how to approach healthcare digitalisation. Anže worked closely with healthcare and business teams, helping them implement and achieve benefits in many different areas within the healthcare IT domain, including product development, global GoTo Market Strategy for openEHR digital health platform, clinical registries, clinical information systems, medicine optimisations, and regional eHealth projects.

He will present some of the global and local lessons learned and benefits of the #OpenData driven digital ecosystems in his talk titled “Unlocking the power of network effects in healthcare with low-code, shared content and open data”.

Birger Haarbrandt

Birger Haarbrandt

Product Manager, vitagroup, Germany

Based on international eHealth standards and open source technologies, the Health Intelligence Platform Clinical Data Repository (HIP CDR) from Vitagroup empowers healthcare organizations to establish an open application ecosystem around a vendor-neutral data storage.

Birger is actively working with openEHR for more than 8 years, substantially contributed to the concept of the HiGHmed consortium, founded the EHRbase openEHR open source implementation, and since 2020 he is also a member of the openEHR Specification Editorial Committee

Bouwe Koopal

Bouwe Koopal

CIO of Maarsingh and van Steijn, owner of NocodeBuddies, Netherlands

Bouwe Koopal has a dual background. He studied medicine at the EUR in Rotterdam and worked as a male nurse in the academic hospital. He also has a degree in software engineering. During his whole career Bouwe has a strong focus on ICT in health care.

In ICT Bouwe is an ambassador for low-and no code software development and works for Pragmatiq as a senior consultant. From within his company NocodeBuddies he is specialising in openEHR in combination with lowcode platforms in a strong partnership with the Hanze University of applied sciences. At Maarsingh and van Steijn Bouwe is part-time CIO.

Bouwe has a strong belief that the combination lowcode/openEHR can implement the ambitions of the ‘Nationale visie en strategie op het gezondheidsinformatiestelsel’ at this very moment.

Erik Sundvall

Erik Sundvall

Information Architect, Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden

Experienced engineer and researcher with a demonstrated history of working as information architect, informatician, developer and researcher in the healthcare sector and as researcher+teacher in the higher education industry (LInköping University). Skilled in Software Development analysis, research, data management, Informatics, medical informatics, visualization, teaching and training. MSc in Information Technology and Computer Science. Doctoral degree in Medical Informatics from Linkping University Sweden 2013, entitled “Scalability and Semantic Sustainability in Electronic Health Record Systems”.

Erik is actively involved in openEHR community for many years now, and since 2015 he is also a member of the openEHR Specification Editorial Committee

Erik Vermeulen

Erik Vermeulen

Global Health Technology Leader, EY, Netherlands

EY teams are helping organisations across the entire health spectrum, with harnessing the transformative power of new technology and data. This requires ecosystems to be built around the needs of the individual supported by technical standards, open data models and empowered by governance systems that deliver trust.

Erik is a strong believer on the fact that working with the right combination of standards is pivotal to unleash the power of health data.

Heather Leslie

Heather Leslie

Clinical modeller, CSIRO, Australia

I am an experienced clinician and health informatician.

For the past 25 years, my focus has always been on how a clinical informatician can bridge between non-technical clinicians and software engineers – ensuring that the clinical needs and requirements are accurately understood by technicians and implementers. My motivation has been to use technology as a tool to make a greater impact on health outcomes than I could from clinical practice alone.

While my recent role has been focused largely on openEHR, the associated skills and experience that I have gained are transportable to many aspects of eHealth and business:

  • a clinician informatician for more than 20 years;
  • a proven track record in the design and clinical verification of atomic health data and data set specifications;
  • a deep understanding of clinical knowledge governance; and
  • practical experience in clinician and domain expert engagement.
Heidi Koikkalainen

Heidi Koikkalainen

Health and Social Care Informatics Specialist, freshEHR, UK

Heidi Koikkalainen is a consultant and researcher in health and social care informatics, specialising in social care data standards and the openEHR data modelling approach. Her work involves providing clinical modelling training and support to various client organisations internationally, and collaborating with the openEHR community to create standardised data models for health and social care information systems.

Currently also working on research projects investigating the data and digital landscape in the health and social care sector in Scotland. Her specific research interests include data standardisation and semantic interoperability of information systems and social care data analytics/AI.

Henrik Thiess

Henrik Thiess

Software Developer, EY, Germany

Henrik Thiess is a Software Developer working on EY Connected Health Cloud team to explore and build support for CDR federation.

Holke Visser

Holke Visser

Data architect, GGD GHOR, Netherlands

Ian McNicoll

Ian McNicoll

CEO/CCIO, freshEHR, UK

Ian McNicoll 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 15 years, initially with Ocean Informatics and latterly as an independent consultant.

Health informatics specialist, former General Medical practitioner, Ian is also a past co-chair openEHR International. He has a tremendous contribution to clinical modelling and openEHR specification, being member of both Clinical Program and Specification Editorial Committee.

Joost Holslag

Joost Holslag

Board Member, openEHR NL, Netherlands

Joost Holslag is a physician in-love with IT, actively working with openEHR since 2019, initially for Nedap Healthcare. He is substantially contributed to openEHR clinical modelling and gave valuable feedback insights to several openEHR specifications.

In 2023 Joost became co-chair of the openEHR Clinical Program Board, and also an expert on openEHR Specification Editorial Committee, and a board member of openEHR Netherlands Affiliate (openEHR NL).

Jordi Piera Jiménez

Jordi Piera Jiménez

Director of the Digital Health Strategy Office, Catalan Health Service, Spain

Jordi, BSc, MSc, PhD is dually trained in Computing Science Engineering (BSc) and in Business Management (BSc) by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Further to that, he also holds a MSc in Telemedicine and E-health delivered by the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) and a PhD on the economic evaluation of digital health innovations under the Information and Knowledge Society doctoral programme also from UOC.

He started working at the service provision in an integrated care organization back in year 2000, first as an analyst and software developer inside the Information Technologies Department where he actively participated in the development and implementation of the Electronic Medical and Social Care Records and in a number of research and innovation projects.

After many years at the service provision side, Jordi moved to the Catalan Health Service where he is currently leading the Digital Health Strategy Office and the development of a new Electronic Health Record which will be built around the paradigm of open platforms and standards.

Matija Polajnar

Matija Polajnar

Technical Lead and Software Architect, Better, Slovenia

Experienced Software Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry, skilled in software architecture, Java/Kotlin, SQL, distributed processing, knowledge discovery, and other programming languages, technologies and techniques.

Matija is Technical Lead and Software Architect at Better for the openEHR platform development. Since 2019 he is also a member of the openEHR Specification Editorial Committee.

Pablo Pazos Gutierrez

Pablo Pazos Gutierrez

Founder, Software Engineer, CaboLabs, Uruguay

Pablo Pazos Gutierrez has a 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 openEHR Specification Editorial Committee, heavily involved in openEHR software development, and appointed to the openEHR Education Program Board in 2022, as well as in disseminating the openEHR standard in Latin America, in association with the Chilean Association of Health Informatics (ACHISA).

Patrick van Schelven

Patrick van Schelven

Infectious Disease Control Resident, GGD GHOR, Netherlands

Paul Miller

Paul Miller

Clinical Informatics Lead, NHS Education for Scotland, UK

Paul Miller is a General Medical Practitioner and Clinical informatics specialist at NHS Scotland. He is also the Clinical informatics lead for the NHS Scotland National Digital Platform and is involved in managing the clinical models for the platform data and in educating the team on openEHR. Other areas of interest include clinical safety assessments, clinical terminologies and interoperability.

After many years of contribution to openEHR clinical modeling, in 2023 he became one of the co-chair of the openEHR Clinical Program Board, and more recently one of the founder of openEHR-UK Affiliate Organisation.

Phil Koczan

Phil Koczan

Clinical Lead for Shared Records and Primary Care Digital Transfirmation, NHS England, UK

Phil Koczan ia a clinician with a long-standing interest in clinical informatics. Besides his work as part-time general practitioner in Chingford North East London and have various informatics roles including Senior clinical lead for NHS England covering shared records and Primary Care, and Clinical Safety officer and digital clinical lead NHS England, London Region.

Rachel Dunscombe

Rachel Dunscombe

Chief Executive Officer, openEHR International, UK

Rachel Dunscombe is a highly respected figure in the field of healthcare data, a visiting Professor at Imperial College London; Rachel has previously served as Chief Industry Advisor at Dedalus and CEO of NHS Digital Academy where she made significant contributions to the advancement of digital health and the implementation of openEHR standards worldwide.

Starting with September 2023 Rachel was taking up the role of Chief Executive Officer of openEHR International. Her remarkable experience, understanding and leadership in the healthcare industry makes her the perfect choice to guide openEHR into an exciting new chapter and direction.

Rong Chen

Rong Chen

CEO, Cambio CDS, Sweden

Rong Chen, MD PhD, is the CEO of Cambio CDS, 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.

Since May 2023 he is also a co-chair on the openEHR Specification Editorial Committee.

Severin Kohler

Severin Kohler

Health informatician, HiGHmed and Berlin Institute of Health in der Charité, Germany

Severin Kohler is a health informatician at HiGHmed, with a strong academic background in Computer Science and Health Informatics. He played an important role in exploring, researching and developing cutting-edge health information exchange solutions. His expertise in data interoperability and healthcare standards has allowed him to bridge the gap between various standards, particularly OHDSI OMOP CDM.

Sidharth Ramesh

Sidharth Ramesh

Founder, Medblocks, India

A doctor by training, but a developer at heart. Founded Medblocks in 2015, and currently serving customers all around the world to deliver better healthcare. Believes that providing data-driven clinical decisions can save more lives than doctors can, by themselves. Medblocks provides an open-source library for building openEHR interfaces - Medblocks UI. Also providing opinionated open-source backend services for building your openEHR + FHIR-based applications quickly - Medblocks Stack.

Since 2022 he is also a member of the openEHR Specification Editorial Committee.

Silje Ljosland Bakke

Silje Ljosland Bakke

Senior Advisor, Helse Vest IKT, Norway

Silje Ljosland Bakke is an experienced Clinical Information Modeller and Speaker with 10± years experience in healthcare informatics, with strong skills in analysis, modelling, crowdsource validation, and governance of complex clinical information.

Silje was in the past a co-lead of the Clinical Modelling Program and has a tremendous contribution to many openEHR archetypes published on openEHR Clinical Knowledge Manager (CKM).

Stefan Schraps

Stefan Schraps

Vice President Business & Community Management, vitagroup, Germany

Stefan is responsible for the eHealth platform business at vitagroup. He has over 18 years of experience in healthcare IT and has been a vocal advocate for openEHR and the open platform philosophy in Germany since 2018.

Vanessa Pereira

Vanessa Pereira

Digital Health Engineer, Luxembourg Institute of Health, Luxembourg

Vanessa has a B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from Polytechnic of Porto - School of Engineering (ISEP) and holds an M.Sc. in Medical informatics from the Faculty of Medicine of University of Porto (FMUP).

She has worked with openEHR and implemented systems around the world on top of this standard since 2016. Her first contact with digital healthcare was in a Portuguese company for the security and interoperability of electronic health records, Healthy Systems.

Subsequently, she moved to Better (then called Marand), where she worked as clinical modelling lead and informatics engineer. There she worked on all the main Better products including Pathfinder, Better Portal (demographics, clinical and terminology modules), the openEHR platform, ADL designer and the Better studio.

Vanessa’s top interests are data information modelling, semantic interoperability, UX and UI that seamlessly facilitate the entry and visualization of patient records by clinical teams. She is also keenly interested in compliance of openEHR archetypes with the international CKM, which was the theme of her masters dissertation. She has also actively contributed with new openEHR archetypes for the community from the projects she has worked in.

Most recently, she decided to go into clinical public research and recently joined the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) as a Digital Health Engineer.

In 2023 Vanessa became also co-chair of the openEHR Clinical Program Board.

William Goossen

William Goossen

Director, Results 4 Care, Netherlands

Experienced researcher and developer to national and international projects about health informatics since late ’90s. Core work includes information analysis, system analysis and design, requirements gathering, consensus building, classifications and terminology evaluation, implementation and development. Challenge and results are in the area of clinical modeling for semantic interoperability and includes Health Level 7, Snomed CT, LOINC, ICNP, OpenEHR archetypes and other international standards based projects.

Results 4 Care contributes to work in international and national health standards organizations (in particular HL7, ISO TC 215, CEN TC 251, NEN TC 303006) and in health informatics professional organizations (VMBI, IMIA-NI, p-Health).

Recent developments include the finalization of the HL7 Care Provision Model and Messages ISO 13972 on Clinical Information Models (HL7, CEN, ISO). Work on clinical models in the Clinical Information Modeling Initiative is ongoing. Results 4 Care developed an HL7 FHIR based PHR (Vivo-PGO).

Wim Eurlings

Wim Eurlings

Director-manager, RSO Zuid-Limburg, Netherlands

Wim Eurlings is an experienced manager/advisor in the Health IT field. For many years he was the CIO of Zuyderland Medical Center. In the last few years he is using his broad experience and strategic vision to lead the team behind openEHR related projects in RSO Zuid-Limburg.

Wouter Zanen

Wouter Zanen

Board Chairman, openEHR NL, Netherlands

Wouter is an experienced Health Information Architect at Nictiz with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in IT Service Management, IT Strategy, Test Management, Management, and Healthcare. He is involved in openEHR community and various projects for more than 7 years, and contributed decisively to promote openEHR in the Netherlands.

In 2019 Wouter founded openEHR Netherlands Affiliate (openEHR NL) together with Sebastian Iancu and Marcel Swennenhuis, where he fulfills the role of Board Chairman.