EuroRec: Euroropean institute for health records

Semantic Interoperability for Health Network

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
Call: FP7-ICT-2011-7
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


NoE Coordinator:
Prof. Dipak Kalra, EuroRec

Administrative Coordinator:
Geert Thienpont, RAMIT vzw

Supported by
FP7 Programme

SemanticHealthNetProject Plan

Workstream I:
   WP1: Patient care exemplar
   WP2: Public health exemplar
   WP3: Stakeholder validation

Workstream II:
   WP4: Harmonised resources
   WP5: Infostructure and tools
   WP6: Industrial engagement

Workstream III:
   WP7: Adoption and sustainability
   WP8: European Virtual Organisation
   WP9: Project management, dissemination, promotion

1. Research in Advanced Medical Informatics and Telematics (RAMIT) (Admin Coordinator) Belgium
2. Imperial College London (Imperial) UK
3. University of Hull (UHULL) UK
4. University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) Switzerland
5. World Health Organization (WHO) Switzerland
6. The University of Manchester (UoM) UK
7. Medical University of Graz (MUG) Austria
8. International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation ) Denmark
9. Institut National de la Santé et la Recherche Médicale (INSERM) Netherlands
10. Ocean Informatics (Ocean) UK
11. Health Level 7 (HL7) International Foundation (HL7 International) Belgium
12. EN13606 Association (EN13606) Netherlands
13. Empirica Gesellschaft für Kommunikations- und Technologieforschung mbH (EMPIRICA) Germany
14. European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry (COCIR) Belgium
15. Whittington NHS Trust (WHIT UK
16. European Institute for Health Records (EuroRec) (NoE Coordinator) Netherlands
17. Date Mining international (DMI) Switzerland
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