SemanticHealthNet

Announcement of an Industry Forum on Semantic Interoperability

From Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th January 2015 at 14:00 (lunch time to lunch time)
New Meeting Place: COCIR Offices, Diamant Building
Bd A. Reyers, 80 - 1030 Brussels - Belgium

Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the SemanticHealthNet European Network of Excellence in semantic interoperability, we would like to invite you to an event focused on the health ICT industry.

This Forum will focus on breaking down barriers and developing incentives for scaling up Europe-wide interoperability for health data. Through panel discussions with a selected range of stakeholders and key opinion leaders, with strong industry representation, the forum will examine reasons why “scaling up” has not spontaneously occurred - and why and how it may be now be stimulated. This action is vital as continued lack of interoperability across supplier systems constitutes gross economic waste and importantly - generates significant patient safety risks.

The aim will be to identify short and medium term actions and outcomes that will be taken forward by a newly formed European Institute for Innovation through Health Data, to clarify multi-stakeholder actions that will achieve growth in the market for interoperable health ICT solutions and deliver benefits from them.

Four focused panels will be chaired by industry representatives - dealing with:

  1. Interoperability requirements for the delivery of integrated and person-centred care: from the perspective of clinicians and patients. What are the priorities? Have we over-complicated the standards landscape in relation to affordable interoperability needs, or is it not yet rich enough to meet these needs? Can we agree the most important use cases to support person centred care, beyond those already defined in the eHealth European Interoperability Framework ?
  2. Importance of interoperability policies for healthcare payers, ministries and insurers: why should they invest directly and indirectly in interoperability, and how they can recognise and reverse the perverse incentives within health systems that presently exist. Can innovative targeting of payer reimbursements and other incentives on collaborative care models incentivize the procurement of interoperable ICT solutions and achieve patient benefit?
  3. Interoperability for large-scale clinical research, business intelligence and learning healthcare: “The world has changed” - and the systematic supply of interoperable data for evaluation of evidence for treatment effectiveness and of new treatments is now a priority. To radically defragment the landscape requires collaborative interoperability for research and service evaluation. For discovery science and pragmatic drug trials, high-scale analysis of semantically-controlled phenotypes will create new high value market demand dependent on cross-system interoperability.
  4. Interoperable Standards Development and Interoperability Profiling Organisations: can profiles and standards adoption be made faster, easier, more affordable, robust - so that adoption really does deliver plug and play interoperability? The modern world is full of pragmatic standards that have transformed our lives – but healthcare/research remains fragmented and difficult. The eHealth European Interoperability Framework, guidelines on Patient Summary and ePrescription, epSOS testing platform are the first step for starting the deployment of the interoperability in Europe. Can a pragmatic approach based on real projects and future EC research projects, working in strong collaboration, support harmonization and avoid competition between standards?

The recommendations, and calls to action, emerging from this Industry Forum event will also be fed into a forthcoming transatlantic workshop on policy alignment, being organised by the Trillium Bridge project and provisionally planned for February 2015.

We are grateful to COCIR for kindly hosting this event at their conference facilities in the heart of Brussels.

This event will start with lunch on Monday 26th January, and close with lunch the following day. Attendance is free, but we ask you to register.

Please click on the survey button to enter your preliminary views on these issues.

Registered participants and non-participants are welcome to contribute to the survey. The aggregated results will be shared during each panel session and published in the workshop report. All who complete the survey will be informed when the report is available.

We look forward to seeing you.

Dipak Kalra
on behalf of the SemanticHealthNet consortium