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openEHR Clinical Modelling Workshop

6th June 2018 - 9:30 am - 7th June 2018 - 4:30 pm

openEHR Clinical Modelling Workshop

The gap between the aspiration and the reality of the promise of improving care with effective IT remains one of the key challenges facing us today.


Generally speaking, it is still too hard to;

  • share citizen and patient information between providers and across boundaries
  • continually adapt existing systems to cope with complex, ever-changing health data.
  • develop care pathways with a blend of lean thinking and a flexible information system
  • support the audit of care and research which for the most part is done via parallel burdens that
  • duplicate effort with additional cumbersome back room processes.

The challenge of integrating the people and the process of integrated care with flexible information systems that support integrated care remains a significant barrier.

So what is the alternative to the current situation?

There is now a growing movement internationally towards an “open platform” for health and social care computing, key to integrated care in the future. As technologies and solutions to support the “open platform” are now emerging from the market, we offer this workshop to explain the rationale, methods and tools that underpin openEHR, a key aspect of this transformative approach.

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Intended Audience

Clinicians / Clinical Informaticians, Business Analysts, Technical Professionals, Change Agents

Day 1: Introduction to openEHR

Day 1 will present an overview of openEHR describing the eco-system, technology and methodology and providing an insight into the challenges of managing eHealth and clinical diversity. The day includes practical demonstrations of the processes and toolsets, and by the end of Day 1 workshop participants should be able to understand how openEHR and modelling fits into building an application.

The following topics will be covered during Day 1 of the workshop:

  • Anatomy of an App
  • Why is ehealth so hard?
  • What is openEHR?
  • Intro to Archetypes and Templates
  • Building an app
  • Practical Intro to openEHR modelling
  • Managing Clinical Diversity
  • Clinical Knowledge Manager

Day 2: Practical Workshop


Day 2 is intended as a more practical and interactive workshop where we will take participants through background to the openEHR clinical modelling process, leading to the development of a simple implementation using a demonstration environment.

This is driven by a realistic dataset example which has been constructed specifically to introduce and elaborate as many aspects of openEHR clinical modelling as possible.

Time is allowed for general discussion and advice on any current issues or problems with implementation. This session is intended for a more advanced audience, including those who have some practical experience with openEHR but may need a refresher or have some gaps in knowledge. Although more technically slanted, the focus will remain on the clinical modelling aspects and will therefore be suitable for clinical informaticians, clinicians and Business Analysts working with application developers.

There will be an opportunity for clinicians and those attendees who are less technically focused to work on some real clinical use cases based on their own datasets. We will build a simple model which can then be used as an input for the more technical aspect of developing a simple implementation.


The following topics will be covered during Day2:

  • Archetypes and templates in detail
  • Practical archetyping and templating
  • Clinical: Building and reviewing a simple model
  • Technical: Working with the openEHR Ehrscape API
  • Putting it all together: Building a demo app


Dr Ian McNicoll
Ian McNicoll is a former Scottish GP, and has been involved in healthcare informatics for over 30 years, working with and promoting openEHR technologies for the last 8 years, initially through his role in Ocean Informatics and latterly as an independent consultant with freshEHR Clinical Informatics Ltd. He holds an MBChB and MSc in Health Informatics.

He is a Co-chair of the openEHR Foundation, Director of the UK not-for-profit HANDIHealth CIC, a member of the NHS Scotland SCIMP group and an Honorary Senior Research Associate at University College London.

Current and recent clients include a number of international ministries of health and software development companies who have an interest in openEHR, providing clinical modelling support, training and general consultancy.

Hildegard McNicoll
Hildegard McNicoll is a Health Informatician with over 25 years’ experience in multiple roles working with a GP System Supplier. She has significant experience in clinical modelling and terminology integration as well as design and delivery of training and consultancy services.

She holds an MBA and serves as a committee member of the British Computer Society Primary Health Care Specialist Group.

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6th June 2018 - 9:30 am
7th June 2018 - 4:30 pm
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