This is an informative article that focuses on the aspects of openEHR that are relevant to policymakers, but may also be relevant to many people in other roles in healthcare.

This article makes suggestions including introducing a standard computing platform so there is “… common lingo for developing applications and expertise can be shared and disseminated across providers since openEHR allows all applications to be developed based on a ubiquitous clinical language.”

It suggests that allowing SMEs to offer solutions, training, and education targeting the health computing platform, which connects to vendor solutions via messaging standards such as FHIR.

This strategy will allow healthcare providers to become innovators and competitors on their own.

“This approach does not require the vendors to commit anything beyond the messaging APIs, most of which already claim to support. It allows policymakers to go with big vendors without unintentionally blocking the SMEs. It allows the providers to compete with the vendors directly, to develop in-house know-how without having to acquire extremely specialised technical skills, which is provided by openEHR platform implementations.”