HL7 head to address interoperability in eHealth

HL7 International CEO Charles Jaffe and NEHTA CEO Peter Fleming will headline the eHealth Interoperability Conference being held in Sydney later this week.

Mr Fleming will speak about how to define and support a “layered approach” to interoperability through standards development. He will be joined by former NEHTA clinical terminology lead Paul Frosdick, who will discuss the life cycle of national eHealth programs from the UK, US and Australia.

Dr Jaffe will discuss how the struggle to achieve interoperability has in the past been hampered by a multitude of factors in an environment where policy always trumps technology.

Dr Jaffe says he believes that practical solutions as well as bold innovation are required. One of those practical solutions could be FHIR, the new standards framework created by Health Intersections' Grahame Grieve, which combines some of the best features of HL7 v2 and 3 and which he believes will have a quick effect when developing mobile platforms for healthcare purposes.

Mr Grieve will outline why there is a need for a new approach to healthcare interoperability standards that take advantage of emerging web technologies.

NEHTA's head of strategy, architecture and informatics, David Bunker, will take part in a panel discussion with Mr Grieve and Kanaka Ramyasiri, clinical architect with the Taranaki District Health Board in NZ, to discuss open standards, technology transparency and interoperability.

Representatives from NSW Health and the Victorian Department of Health will provide case studies on interoperability in statewide healthcare systems.

Case studies from St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth, Cabrini Hospital in Melbourne and from Queensland Health and the NT Department of Health will make up the bulk of day two. A panel discussion involving Dr Jaffe on what technology trends and standards are coming will round out the conference.

The eHealth interoperability conference is held at the Sydney Harbour Marriott on September 12 and 13.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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