Why do we start with health information standards from the wrong end?

I gave this prezo to Auckland Regional Clinical IS Leadership Group on Feb 21, 2014. It shows how difficult it can be to deal with certain kinds of health information when developing systems by an impressive example (originally from Dr. Sam Heard). Therefore we need rigorous and scientific methods to tackle this – in this case using openEHR’s multi-level modelling approach to create a single content model from which all health information exchange payload definitions will be derived. New Zealand’s Interoperability Reference Architecture (HISO 10040) is underpinned by openEHR Archetypes to create this content model. The bottom line of the prezo is that almost every national programme starts health information standardisation from the wrong place; most of them are complex technical speficifications, like CDA, which are almost impossible for clinicians to comprehend and provide feedback. The process is flawed! Instead it should start from simple to understand representations, such as simple diagrams, mindmaps etc.and then handed over to techies once clinical validity and utility is agreed upon.That’s the beauty of Archetype approach – great tooling and the Clinical Knowledge Manager (CKM) enable clinicians and other domain experts to collaborate and develop clinical models easily.

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