Semantic interoperability of EHR systems is a crucial prerequisite for enabling patient-centred care and advanced clinical and biomedical research. SemanticHealthNet will develop a scalable and sustainable pan-European organisational and governance process to achieve this objective across healthcare systems and institutions.
A clinical focus on chronic heart failure and cardiovascular prevention in the workplan shall define the semantic resources to be developed. The exemplars in cardiology and public health are specific enough to permit comprehensive development and validation of these resources, and yet typical enough for wider generalisation of the methodology and its governance. SemanticHealthNet will capture the needs articulated by clinicians and public health experts for evidence-based, patient-centred integrated care in these domains. Existing European consensus in the management of chronic heart failure and cardiovascular prevention will then be integrated in EHR architectures, clinical data structures, terminologies and ontology by leading technical experts.
Clinical and Industrial Advisory Boards will provide links with other domains in which these results can be used beneficially.. The project will investigate how best to combine and adapt informatics resources to support semantic interoperability, and how these can be developed and supported at scale. Results of this investigation will be generalised and formalised. The involvement of health authorities, clinical professionals, insurers, ministries of health, vendors, and purchasers ensures that the project approach and results are realistically adoptable and viable. This work will also build on the SemanticHEALTH and CALLIOPE roadmaps for eHealth interoperability.
A business model to justify strategic investments, including the opportunity costs for key stakeholders such as Standardisation Organisations and industry, will be defined. Links with the epSOS large scale pilot and the eHealth Governance Initiative, will inform the shape of the Virtual Organisation that this Network will establish to sustain semantic interoperability developments and their adoption.
The consortium comprises more than 40 internationally recognised experts, including from USA and Canada, ensuring a global impact.
Grant agreement for: Network of Excellence (NoE)
Grant agreement no.: 288408
Budget: 3.222.380 EURO
Funding: 2.945.364 EURO
Duration: 01.12.2011 - 30.11.2014
Keywords: Semantic Interoperability; Clinical and Biomedical; Knowledge; Electronic Health Records (EHR); Interoperability standards; Infostructure; cardiovascular disease; European Virtual Organisation
Prof. Dipak Kalra, EuroRec
Geert Thienpont, RAMIT vzw
WP1: Patient care exemplar
WP2: Public health exemplar
WP3: Stakeholder validation
WP4: Harmonised resources
WP5: Infostructure and tools
WP6: Industrial engagement
WP7: Adoption and sustainability
WP8: European Virtual Organisation
WP9: Project management, dissemination, promotion