A discussion about Archetype Query Language semantics

This is a copy/paste of a few responses I sent to a discussion in the openEHR lists. I'm copying them here because images in my responses and responses themselves are not properly archived anywhere yet. If you want more: I wrote a PhD thesis on this stuff, so if you want a deeper discussion of … Continue reading A discussion about Archetype Query Language semantics

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is openEHR hard?

Necessary clarification: Please note that the term implementation in the text below refers to development of a software platform based on openEHR. I realised that the term is overloaded in the health IT space, implying adoption of a standard sometimes. That is not what I mean by 'implementation'. Recently, I found myself in more than … Continue reading is openEHR hard?

Why reference models matter in healthcare IT?

Recently, I heard a question targeted at my colleagues at Ocean, something in the lines of "what do you think is your greatest accomplishment ?" Ocean's software stack has a lot of impressive components, the template designer with its TDO support, the back end repository, Tom's Eiffel work that is called the Archetype workbench, and … Continue reading Why reference models matter in healthcare IT?

Harvard study says: “Computers don’t save money in hospitals”.

Ok, this is a paper that should provoke a huge discussion. This paper with two of its authors from Harvard says that the picture in hospitals with computers is quite different than the one we always thought we would see. Obviously one should read the paper before discussing it, and I  did so. First of … Continue reading Harvard study says: “Computers don’t save money in hospitals”.

Why on earth we don’t have open source proper terminology servers?

The competition amont different information models in healthcare will never end. Yes, I know that there are many out there who think that a particular piece of work is so much better than the rest, and it is the feature of healthcare informatics. Sorry, I don't agree. There are many other reasons, which I'd like … Continue reading Why on earth we don’t have open source proper terminology servers?