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Software Program Qualified Members

Software Program Committee Members

Diego Boscá Tomás (Spain)

Diego Boscá received his M. Sc. in Computer Science from Universitat Politècnica de Valencia (UPV) and is currently a predoctoral research fellow at the Biomedical Informatics Group (IBIME) at the ITACA Institute of UPV. He has been involved in the implementation and deployment of health information systems and use of health standards in the real world for over eight years.

His experience covers the analysis, design, implementation and deployment of semantically interoperable health information systems using standards such as openEHR, ISO 13606, HL7 CDA. He is a certified HL7 CDA Specialist. He has participated as external advisor at the European epSOS project and as an external expert in the SemanticHealthNet European project. He has worked in the development and governance of the archetypes for the Spanish national shared EHR project. He has participated in several research projects and co-authored more than 30 papers about data integration and standardization of the EHR. Diego is one of the authors of LinkEHR software for archetype-based data integration.

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.

Heath Frankel (Australia)

Heath Frankel is Health Informatics Consultant with 15 years experience in design and development of clinical information systems with an emphasis on shared health records, system interoperability and electronic referrals. In the past, Heath has specialised in Health Level 7 (HL7) clinical messaging and its relationship to Electronic Health Records (EHRs).

Heath joined Ocean Informatics in 2004 as head of software development. He has designed and overseen the development of Ocean's openEHR clinical modelling tools and EHR application software components and contibutes to the openEHR specification development.

Specialties:archetype-based and openEHR application development and integration, HL7 messaging, UML, Software Architecture

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.


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.


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

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.

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.


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.

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.

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