openEHR Conference: "No time to waste: building the lifelong, patient-centric EHR"

06 /Jun


  • Interoperability
  • Paranimf - C/Casanova 143, Barcelona
  • 06 June 2023 8.30 PM - 6.30 PM CEST

“No time to waste: building the lifelong, patient-centric EHR” is a full-day program being curated by the Catalan Health Service, the openEHR CIC and the TIC SalutSocial Foundation. We are expecting around 300 attendees, made up of health care professionals, experts in medical informatics, care providers, researchers, authorities, regulators, and service provider organizations. Our goal is to build awareness of the actual state of semantic interoperability and continue the discussions we started during the HIGHmed Symposium in October 2021 in Berlin. 

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  • 8.30 AM: Registration 

  • 9.00 AM: Institutional welcome 
    Xavier Pastor – Former Chief Medical Information Officer at Hospital Clínic de Barcelona
    Pol Pérez Sust – Director of Information Systems at Catalan Health Service and General Coordinator of Information Systems at the Catalan Department of Health 

  • 9.30 AM: Opening keynote – Building the third generation EHR 
    Rachel Dunscombe – Co-chair at openEHR International and Chief Industry Advisor at Dedalus (download presentation)

  • 10.00 AM: How we do so? A technical approach towards building the lifelong patient-centric EHR 
    Paul Miller –  Clinical Informatics Lead at NHS Education for Scotland and Co-chair and Clinical Program Board at openEHR International (download presentation)
    Ian McNicoll –
    CEO at freshEHR and past Co-chair at openEHR International (download presentation)
    John Meredith
     – Assistant Chief Architect at Digital Health and Care Wales and Director at openEHR international (download presentation)

  • 10.45 AM: Coffee break 

  • 11.15 AM: From theory to practice – Experiences from around the world 
    Alastair Allen – Chief Technology Officer at Better (download presentation)
    Patrik Georgii –
     Chief Medical Information Officer at Karolinska University Hospital (download presentation)
    Daniel McCafferty – Associate Director for Engineering at NHS Education for Scotland (download presentation)
    Paul Miller –  Clinical Informatics Lead at NHS Education for Scotland and Co-chair and Clinical Program Board at openEHR International (download presentation)
    Miguel Pedrera Jiménez  Head of Data Science Unit at Hospital 12 de Octubre (download presentation)
    Anand Jahagirdar – Principal Software Architect at Karkinos Healthcare (download presentation)

  • 1.00 PM: Industry keynote 
    Stefan Schraps, VP Business and Community Management at Vitagroup (download presentation)

  • 1.30 PM: Lunch 

  • 2.30 PM: The origins and the future of openEHR 
    Thomas Beale – VP of Informatics at Graphite Health 
    David Ingram – Emeritus Professor of Health Informatics at UCL, President at openEHR Foundationand OpenEyes Charity Trustee 

  • 3.15 PM: Building the ecosystem 
    Vebjørn Arntzen – Special adviser at Oslo University Hospital (download presentation)
    Joost Holslag – Clinical Program Board Co-chair at openEHR international and board member of openEHR Netherlands (download presentation)
    Pirkko Kortekangas – UNA Chief Specialist (download presentation)
    Mikael Nyström – Board member at Swedish Medical Informatics Association (download presentation)

  • 4.30 PM: Industry keynote 
    Tomaž Gornik  CEO at Better and Co-chair at openEHR International (download presentation)

  • 5.00 PM: Industry pannel – The view of the industry 
    Seref Arikan Technical lead at Ocean Health System (download presentation)
    Francesc Mateu  Principal Industry Solutions for Healthcare at MongoDB (download presentation)
    David Moner Cano – CTO at Veratech (download presentation)

  • 6.00 PM: Building the new smart EHR for Spain
    Jordi Piera – Director of the Digital Health Strategy Office at Catalan Health Service (download presentation)

  • 6.20 PM: Closing remarks


Introduction by Pol Pérez Sust, Director of Information Systems at Catalan Health Service and General Coordinator of Information Systems at the Catalan Department of Health.

There is a common agreement that health data, when used appropriately, can provide enormous value and competitive advantage. Specifically, it can offer tremendous opportunities to improve the quality of care and financial performance. 

The idea of “pushing information and knowledge to the point where health decisions are made, so the right decision can be made at the right time” was introduced back in year 2001 in the report titled “Information for Health: A Strategy for Building the National Health Information Infrastructure” and published by the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (United States of America). Earlier that year, the seminal report “Crossing the Quality Chasm” was published by the American Institute of Medicine calling for fundamental changes in health delivery with the main objective to improve the quality of care. 

Together, these two reports provided a roadmap going forward in how to improve both clinical care and public health by investing in information infrastructure. 

Twenty years after, even though governments, health authorities, service provider organizations and industry have invested huge efforts, time and money, the truth is we are still far away from unlocking the power of these data.  Action needs to be taken if we have to get real value out of data in healthcare. 

But which are the barriers that prevent us from systematically harnessing health data? 

The scientific literature is full of references that point us in different directions. Privacy rules and regulations that hinder the effective usage of personal health information, the lack of unique patient identifiers that prevents appropriately linking different sources of health information, the lack of standardized care processes that limit the ability to benchmark across healthcare providers, the difficulties to link informational systems with transactional systems to deliver real-time or near real-time insights or the difficulties in integrating data from heterogeneous patient sources are some of the factors that prevent us achieving the goal of gaining control of health data. 

Further to the previous, a major problem that has been identified by many authors is the one related to the semantic interoperability.  

But where do we stand now in terms of semantic interoperability? 

The truth is that we are far away from it. Individual’s health data are stored in millions of heterogeneous information systems sustained on proprietary data models that remain hidden to the ecosystem. Individuals across the world cannot understand why after so many years and millions of public money spent their data does not properly flow wherever is needed. Action needs to be taken and the moment is now. In this summit we aim to continue the discussions we started during the HIGHmed Symposium in October 2021 in Berlin. 



At Vitagroup, more than 300 specialists across Germany work day after day to improve healthcare sustainably through advanced technology and intelligent services. For more than 20 years, we have been successfully establishing practice-relevant innovative solutions and services on the market. We bundle all our knowledge and experience in our HIP Clinical Data Repository (HIP CDR). The HIP CDR stores health data according to open standards and in a fully interoperable way. Data is separated from the applications and can therefore be used in all systems without conversion. A further plus: with the HIP CDR, permanently high costs due to complex interfaces are avoided and dependence on software manufacturers is ended.


Better transforms healthcare organisations with Better Platform, an open data digital health platform, designed to store, manage, query, retrieve, and exchange structured electronic health records, and Better Meds, electronic prescribing, and medication administration solution. The company focuses on simplifying the work of health and care teams, advocates for data for life, and strives for all health data to be vendor-neutral and easily accessible. It puts organisations in control of their data, workflows, and transformation plans in order to improve patient care. Better has provided solutions across 17 countries, and Better Platform securely supports over 30 million patients.


Life Flows through our Software. Dedalus Group is the leading healthcare and diagnostic software provider in Europe and in the top five globally, supporting the digital transformation of 6.700 Healthcare organisations and 5.700 laboratories and diagnostic centers worldwide. With its highly innovative and patient-first approach, Dedalus solutions both processes and connects health data of more than 540 million people on a daily basis. Dedalus is committed to open & interoperable data, across the whole continuum of care to unlock the power of data securely and rapidly deliver value for all stakeholders in the Healthcare Ecosystem. Embedded in all our activities is that a healthy population leads to a healthy planet. For more information, visit


We are a consulting firm specializing in semantic interoperability. We work together to achieve a healthcare system where data understanding is a feasible reality. We put our knowledge and experience at the service of society and people’s health, finding new ways to help us go further to make tomorrow’s challenges a reality today.


MongoDB is an on-premises and multi-cloud data platform that supports transactional, search, and analytical use cases across mobile, distributed, event-driven, and serverless architectures, all while reducing data infrastructure sprawl and complexity. The world’s largest healthcare corporations and several national healthcare systems trust MongoDB to help them work with any healthcare data standard and leverage that data for use cases beyond simple storage and interoperability.


At Ocean Health Systems we develop simple, usable healthcare-specific software, to help manage health data. Agility and a consultative approach allow us to customise our solutions to assist in managing, understanding and streamlining clinical data to realise efficiencies, better governance and interoperability between systems and processes. We offer end-to-end solutions for Clinical Knowledge Management (CKM), a virtual library of clinical knowledge artefacts. CKM supports the full life cycle management of open-EHR archetypes and templates and provides governance of knowledge artefacts. CKM is a systematic process of capturing, storing, dissemination and reuse of clinical knowledge that can optimise information, collaboration, expertise and experience of healthcare practitioners. Built on openEHR, Multiprac Infection Control and Prevention data management tools both platform and cloud-based are suitable for both large and small healthcare organisations. Multiprac draws data from multiple sources and combines it with analytical capability and reporting to help manage infection outbreaks and avoid hospital readmissions. The application provides rule-based surveillance of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs).
See our system in action. Contact us to learn more and find out why we’re the destination point for smart approaches to health data.


IN2 is a consulting company created in 1994 in Barcelona. IN2 develops and implements solutions that help customers in their digital transformation processes, in both the public and private sectors, and it is specialized in technical and semantic interoperability for the Health sector. In addition, IN2 has evolved into acquiring the global knowledge of the healthcare businesses, as we firmly believe that only with this transversal vision and understanding we really add value to our projects.
Thanks to this, we can combine knowledge of two worlds: technical and clinical, and, thanks to that, enrich our proposals and services for the benefit of our customers.


T-Systems is the Deutsche Telekom division for digital services for private and public sector. We offer customized, high-quality, secure and innovative IT solutions that help our clients in the health market drive their digital transformation, optimize their operations and achieve long-term business success. We do this with a focus on interoperability, quality and security, ensuring the integrity of our customers, data and information, applying standards and comply with the strictest security regulations. Sustainability is also a focus for us, promoting the use of greener technologies and solutions that enable our clients to understand their impact on the environment and establish effective strategies to be more sustainable in the short, medium and long term.


Viewnext is a technology consulting and digital transformation services company of the IBM group in Spain with more than 30 years of activity. Our portfolio covers a wide range of services related with OpenEHR, Cloud, Data, AI, SOC, Applications, BPO, Digital Experience and Business Solutions. With more than 4.700 employees and 15 centers/offices, we help our clients to solve their challenges improving the efficiency and being part of the transformation and development of their business.