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Re: [Gnumed-devel] Machine readable models at openEHR

From: Karsten Hilbert
Subject: Re: [Gnumed-devel] Machine readable models at openEHR
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2006 12:46:07 +0100
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On Tue, Jan 03, 2006 at 08:37:28AM +0800, Richard Hosking wrote:

> OpenEHR/GEHR etc have been around for 15 years or so - they have always 
> seemed to tread a fine line between commercial and open source. Ocean 
> Informatics has a commercial company structure and links to *very* 
> commercial bodies - I understand one the directors has been on the board 
> of HCN for example. Clearly this strategy has been successful in that 
> they have been able to get  sponsorship to continue their work. They 
> have made the main deliverables open so I think they have a legitimate 
> claim to being "open".
> Their work seems very well documented and has a solid research basis. I 
> think a good data model is probably necessary for properly designed 
> software. The Gnumedders have thought about this issue in a more 
> informal way.
> It is not clear whether OpenEHR will become a standard, but it does seem 
> to have more penetration than any other model. Unfortunately they have 
> used C#, Eiffel, and Java for their work. They apparently have a DB 
> backend in C# which *may* be open sourced, but this is vapourware at 
> present.
Agree on all points.

> It should be possible to convert the OpenEHR reference model/archetype 
> combination to SQL - I will attempt to do this by hand for a simple 
> archetype as a start.
I'd be very interested in that.

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