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High Quality-EHRs WoHIT 2007

High Quality-EHRs - A Challenge for Cooperation in Health: Increased collaboration amongst health professionals is crucial for transforming healthcare. The design and implementation of high quality Electronic Health Record systems (EHRs) necessitate strong cooperation between all stakeholders in health.

10:30 - 12:30 Symposium Part 1
  Chair: George De Moor, President of EuroRec
Healthcare Transformation and the Role of EHR:
Views from Government

Alexander Schanner, ELGA Task Force, Austria
  Archetypes in Practice: getting Feedback from Clinicians
and the Role of EuroRec

Dipak Kalra, University of London, UK
  Defining Clinical Content for High-Quality EHRs
Paivi Hämäläinen, STAKES, Finland

[lunch break]

13:30 - 14:30 Symposium Part 2
  Chair: Mats Larson, President of EHTEL
  European Privacy Legislation and EHRs: a New Way Forward?
Petra Wilson, HIMSS EMEA and Cisco Systems
  EHRs Quality Criteria: how to involve Industry in Certification?
Georges De Moor, EuroRec, Belgium
  A Participatory Approach for involving all Stakeholders
in National EHR Implementation Programmes

Otto Larsen, EHR Organisation, Denmark

[coffee break]

For concluding the symposium, a Round Table invited all stakeholders to share their views on how to involve each other in the development and deployment of Quality EHRs. Health Professionals were furthermore invited to explain in particular their message when involved. As a result of the symposium, EHTEL and EuroRec will derive from the discussion a couple of actions to be taken and propose general recommendations.

15:00 - 16:00 Symposium Part 3 - Round Table -
  Mobilising Stakeholders for Quality EHRs
Moderators: Mats Larson and George De Moor
  NN & NN representing (Health Professionals)
Denis Niebergal, Clinicare, Canada (Industry)
John O'Brien, Health Service Executive, Ireland (Health Care Authorities)

Venue: Austria Center Vienna

Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1
1220 Vienna
T. +43-1- 260 69-0
F. +43-1-260 69-303


Mats Larson has more than 30 years experience in healthcare - most of this time as a Hospital Manager in Sweden. In addition, he also established Carelink - an NGO to promote the adoption of IT in Swedish Care.

His current position is Business Development Director for Oracle in the Nordic countries as well as being acting President of European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL)


Georges De Moor, Head of the Department of Medical Informatics and Statistics, University of Ghent, Belgium President of the European Institute for Health Records (EuroRec).

As President of RAMIT (Research in Medical Informatics and Telematics), Professor Dr. Georges De Moor has been involved in over 70 European and International Research and Development Projects as well as in Standardisation activities. For seven years, he acted as Founding Chairman of CEN/TC251, the official Technical Committee on Standardisation in Health Informatics in Europe. He has edited seven books related to ICT in Health Informatics and published over 200 articles.

Alexander-Schanner.jpg DI Dr. Alexander Schanner is Programme Manager of the Austrian ELGA Task Force. ELGA (Elektronischer Gesundheitsakt) is the central eHealth activity in Austria creating an Austrian Health Record System. The object of the ELGA Task Force is to push forward the networking of existing and future electronic information and documentation systems in the Austrian health care system within the scope of a multi-project management. The main target is the establishment of the so called "electronic health record" (ELGA) in order to increase quality and efficiency of the health care system.
Dipak Kalra is a clinical senior lecturer at CHIME (UCL). He plays a leading international role in research and development of electronic health record architectures and systems. His interests include the requirements and models needed to ensure the robust long-term preservation of clinical meaning and protection of privacy. He leads CEN and ISO Task Forces producing an international EHR Communications standard. He is involved in a UK Medical Research Council e-Science project, CLEF, developing a pseudonymised repository of cancer records and query tools to support bio-informatics research. Dipak is a Director of the openEHR Foundation, chairman of its Clinical Review Board and a member of its Architecture Review Board.
He was previously a GP for eight years in a deprived part of London.
 Paivi-Hamalainen.jpg Dr. Päivi Hämäläinen PhD, MD, MA, Specialist of Public Health and General Medicine, director of STAKES Unit for eHealth and eWelfare. She has led the national EPR-working group 2002-2004 and is currently the manager of the Finnish health and social care code server. Dr. Päivi Hämäläinen has been involved in several Finnish national and international eHealth, patient safety, and other developments.
Petra Wilson is a director for the Public Sector Healthcare team of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), focusing on helping customers develop their strategies and implementation plans for "Connected Health" information management and technology.
Previously, she was deputy director of the European Health Management Association (EHMA), a membership organization committed to improving healthcare in Europe by standards of managerial performance in the health sector. 
Prior to EHMA, Petra worked for the European Commission where she worked specifically on the European eHealth Action Plan, which commits all member states of the European Union to adopt road maps for the implementation of Connected Health solutions.
Originally trained in law, Petra and spent several years as a lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at Nottingham University, UK, specializing in healthcare law and European law.  She has a Ph.D. in public health law from Oxford University.
Otto Larsen is director of the National EHR Organisation and director for health informatics, health statistics, and health economy in the National Board of Health.
The National EHR Organisation was established 2007 by the Danish Government, Danish Regions, and Local Government Denmark. The Organisation will coordinate the EHR implementation efforts in Denmark. One of the current activities is the development of the new IT strategy for health. Otto Larsen was the managing director for Danish Regions for 20 years and has a political science background from the University of Copenhagen.


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