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Program Lead Bios

Gustavo Bacelar MD MBA (Brazil/Portugal)

Gustavo Bacelar is currently a consultant on healthcare innovation, management, informatics, and his clinical background is in ophthalmology.

Gustavo holds a MSc degree in Medical Informatics from University of Porto, Portugal. He is a researcher at CIDES (Department of Health Informatics and Decision Sciences) at Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, where he lectures an online course: Introduction to the openEHR standard.

He also authored the first openEHR book: Manual de introdução à norma openEHR, which is a 'getting started b'ook about openEHR.

Silje Ljosland Bakke, RN (Norway)

Silje is an informatician and a registered nurse, and has a clinical background in plastic, reconstructive and hand surgery as well as clinical research from the University Hospital of Northern Norway. She has worked in health IT for more than five years, first in the Bergen Hospital Trust and she’s now an information architect in the National ICT health trust for strategic IT cooperation in the Norwegian hospital system. She has been a leading figure in Norway’s national archetype governance since the start in 2013.

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.

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.

Iago Corbal

Iago Corbal is currently a Senior Software Architect at Cambio Healthcare Systems. He has a degree on Computer Engineering from the University of A Coruña, Spain and has been involved in clinical software development since 2005, working for research institutions mainly on the area of Clinical Decision Support. He is coauthor of the Guideline Definition Language (GDL) and is the main developer of the GDL editor.

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.

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.

Bostjan Lah (Slovenia)

Since joining Marand, Bostjan has been involved as lead developer in the design, development and implementation of Think!EHR Platform as health data platform based on openEHR standards designed for real-time, transactional health data storage, query, retrieve and exchange. He leads a team of developers that deliver high quality, cost effective solutions with the focus of adding value for developers, participants and other end users by making the most of new and established technologies.

Heather Leslie MD, FRACGP, FACHI - Clinical Models Program (Australia)

Dr Heather Leslie is a General Practitioner and has participated in high-level health IT strategy development, as well as taking a hands-on role in creating software applications for use by Australian primary care clinicians and consumers. She was a leader in Personal Health Record development in Australia, supporting consumers to take a more active role in their health care, and this remains a strong personal interest. Heather joined Ocean Informatics in 2005, taking on a lead role in the authoring, review and governance of openEHR archetypes and templates.


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.

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