Fire and air: joint project promises better collaboration
In early July, a group of four informaticians, representing the FHIR (pronounced “fire”) project, openEHR (“open air”) community and the HL7 patient care working group, gathered virtually to develop a common information model for adverse reactions, allergies and intolerances, based on input from a diverse international group of clinicians and other domain experts.
The editorial group includes Heather Leslie, clinical program lead at the openEHR Foundation and modelling lead at Ocean Informatics; Grahame Grieve, primary author of the FHIR specifications and consultant at Health Intersections; Ian McNicoll, board member at the openEHR Foundation and consultant at FreshEHR in the UK; and Russ Leftwich, immunologist and co-chair of the HL7 patient care working group.
This team is using the international openEHR Clinical Knowledge Manager (CKM) as the tool to coordinate the online, crowd-sourced collaboration from international domain experts. The aim is to develop a common model for allergy/intolerance, which is a record of an ongoing propensity to react to a substance.
From this, both openEHR and HL7 will derive openEHR and FHIR-specific archetypes/resources, which will be published on CKM and through the FHIR specification for implementation in both communities.
The plan is that this will forge a meaningful working relationship which will foster a more collaborative approach in the future.
Bridget Kirkham is the CEO of the Medical Software Industry Association (MSIA).
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