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Academic Research

See here for the Zotero openEHR Research library, which contains an up to date index of all papers and theses published on opeEHR-related topics.

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Country Institution Team Description
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Austral University Hospital Alan March
  • implementation of openEHR EHR as a long-term project.
  • initial phase is working on discharge summary
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University of Rio de Janiero Rigoleta Dutra PhD Thesis on archetype-based systems
SENAI - Cimatec
Industry training centre
Gustavo M. Bacelar-Silva
Hilton V. Cesar
Patricia F. Braga
Rodney N. Guimarães
openEHR-based pervasive health information system for primary care: First Brazilian Experience for Public Care.
Fluminense Federal University Luciana Tricai Cavalini,
Helia Kawa,
Israel Figueiredo Junior, postgrad/undergrad students
Epidemiologic Surveillance Support System (EpiS3): a decision-support system for epidemiological surveillance (disease control and prevention for communities and healthcare settings).
Current activities:
  • Building archetypes in order to fit the interface between clinical and epidemiological concepts
  • Developing the application on the top of OSHIP (Open Source Health Information Platform), the reference implementation of openEHR specs in Python/Zope3
Minas Gerais Federal University
School of Information Sciences
Marcelo Rodrigues dos Santos Phd Thesis on semantic interoperability involving the usage of openEHR RM and AM models.
Hospital das Clinicas
University of São Paulo
Ribeirão Preto School of Medicine
Center of Information and Analyses (contact: Flavio Barbosa) Applying archetypes for construction of clinical observations and radiological reports.
[May 2009]
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University of Heidelberg /
Heilbronn University
Petra Knaup,
Jasmin Buck,
Christian Kohl
  • Expressing Clinical Data Sets with openEHR Archetypes
  • Modelling of a comprehensive electronic patient record for the Neonatology Department of the University Hospital Heidelberg using the openEHR approach
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Ehime University Shinji KOBAYASHI,
Ruby reference implementation of openEHR.Home page.
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New Zealand

The University of Auckland, National Institute for Health Innovation Koray Atalag,
Hong Yul Yang
GastrOS is an endoscopic reporting application based on open standards: openEHR and MST. GUI is driven by Archetypes/Templates. It is part of our research at the University of Auckland to investigate software maintainability and interoperability.
Uses openEHR.Net on CodePlex
[Mar 2012]
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Center for Research in Health Technologies and Information Systems (CINTESIS),
Faculty of Medicine,
Porto University
Gustavo Bacelar,
José Patriarca-Almeida,
Paulo R. Ferreira,
Pedro M Vieira-Marques,
Ricardo Cruz-Correia
Master Thesis (Gustavo Bacelar) on conversion of clinical guidelines statements to openEHR archetypes and templates.
SAHIB - Enhancing multi-institutional health data availability through multi-agent systems
This project aims to build applications that find, retrieve and deliver patient information (using openEHR) to the point-of-care in a secure and timely fashion, event though it is distributed across multiple healthcare institutions, whilst safeguarding the different agendas and constraints of the various actors.
[Apr 2012]
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University of Alcalá, Madrid
Information Engineering Research Unit
L. Lezcano,
Miguel-Angel Sicilia,
P. Serrano-Balazote,
E. Rivero-Ruiz
  • Development of Java libraries to translate openEHR archetypes to OWL: ADL2OWL translator
  • Integrating SWRL rules with archetypes translated to OWL.
  • Mapping archetypes in OWL form to ontologies.
[Dec 2011]
Technical University of Valencia,
Biomedical Informatics Group
José Alberto Maldonado,
David Moner,
Diego Boscá,
Montserrat Robles
Since 2004 the research group has been working on the application of the dual model methodology in legacy systems, providing tools and methodologies to upgrade existing data into archetyped instances according to any selected reference model.
  • Formalisation of the constraint part of archetypes as semi-structured data types.
  • Description of existing information as legacy archetypes.
  • Data integration and transformation based on archetype definitions.
  • Archetyped data reuse and abstraction for clinical research.
  • Definition of generic an reusable clinical models based on the archetype methodology.
See LinkEHR - a reference model-independent archetype editor and data transformation tool (
[April 2013]
University of Seville Isabel Román Martínez Integration of Federated EHR Systems Using Semantic Web Techniques - the integration of heterogeneous systems using the openEHR Reference Model and archetype methodology.
  • This has led to the implementation of the openEHR models in OWL (note that these are around 0.95 Release vintage and have not been updated since mid? 2004).[2003-2005]
  • Currently working on SOA for healthcare, using ISO RM/ODP, OMG MDA, openEHR [2009]
Departamento de Informática y Sistemas
Campus de Espinardo,
Murcia University
Jesualdo Tomás Fernández Breis
Rafael Valencia García

Marcos Menárguez Tortosa
Catalina Martínez Costa
The POSEACLE project started in 2004 aiming at facilitating a semantic management of electronic healthcare records related information and knowledge. This research project has been done in cooperation with the Biomedical Informatics group at the Technical University of Valencia (Spain) The main objectives are:
  • Development of ontologies for the design, generation and use of standardised federated electronic health records;
  • Publishing existing clinical information as a valid extract of an EHR compliant with the European standard;
  • Intelligent and customised access to existing clinical information compatible with ISO13606 and OpenEHR;
  • Development of tools supporting clinical investigation.
[March 2010]
University of Santiago de Compostela, Knowledge Engineering Applied to Medicine Group. María Jesús Taboada Iglesias
María Meizoso García
José Luis Iglesias Allones
Diego Martinez Hernández
Serafín Tellado López
Rosario Lalín
The project "Management of terminologies for archetypes" started in 2009 aiming at:
  • developing automated methods to recover and integrate relevant clinical terminology based on the definition of OpenEHR archetypes.
  • providing semantic interoperability between healthcare information and clinical practice guidelines, through the archetypes and terminology systems.
[March 2012]
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Slovak Republic

NCA STU – National archetype center,
Slovak Technical University, Bratislava.
Peter Linhardt, PhD The National Archetype Centre programme, established September 2011 undertakes the following activities:
  • Localisation of openEHR archetypes for National health information system;
  • Development of archetypes for GP Information systems;
  • Research project: transformation of free text medical records to the archetype-based form.
[March 2012]
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Medical Informatics group at the Department of Biomedical Engineering,
Linköpings universitet, Sweden
Erik Sundvall,
Daniel Karlsson
For current details see:
Project examples:
  • Exploration of archetype-based approaches to the EHR
  • Creation of the Java based LiU Archetype Editor
Karolinska Institutet Nadim Anani,
Rong Chen,
Sabine Koch
Ongoing PhD program to explore how semantic EHR technology, openEHR in particular, can be extended to support distributed clinical processes. This will be done by exploring how to incorporate clinical practice guidelines and clinical pathways into openEHR, using guidelines from the clinical domain of stroke care.
[Mar 2012]
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CHIME (Centre for Health Informatics and Multi-professional Education),
University College London
Seref Arikan,
Professor David Ingram
Opereffa is a proof of concept implementation of key aspects of openEHR specification. Its initial version explores the key requirements of implementation, all the way from a web based UI to a RDMS based back end. It includes some Eclipse plugins and Eclipse BIRT (Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools) integration.
[Mar 2012]

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