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SAP at the International HL7 Interoperability Conference

I had the chance of joining the 9th International HL7 Interoperability Conference that took place last week in Crete and I would like to share this with you. What a great opportunity to get in contact with people who have a great experience in healthcare communication standards and who  want to make interoperability in healthcare happen.

Actually it was not one single conference but several ones running in parallel, combined with workshops and tutorials:

  • 9th IHIC (International HL7 Interoperability Conference)
  • 3rd HL7 Hellas Conference
  • HL7 CDA Interoperability Forum
  • IHE Orientation Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • HL7 Ambassador Sessions.

As one of the conference’s sponsors – among Microsoft, CompuGroup, Atos Origin and others – SAP had a presentation slot in the Session “Best Practice of seamless healthcare, an industry focus. In this presentation, I emphasized the fact that interoperability has always been a key success factor for SAP. I then further explored on the Business Process Platform for Healthcare (BPP4HC) as a means of fostering more flexible support for healthcare processes and interfacing with partner applications based on Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) principles. This platform offers a new approach to Healthcare standards and a better quality semantic interoperability. Just as Ilia Fortunov from Microsoft,  I emphasized the importance of communities as the definition of the BPP4HC is to a large extent the fruit of SAP’s Communities of Innovation where customers and partners from various countries contribute with their requirements and business knowledge.

You can view the presentation held below:


Sap Interoperability Hl7 Greece

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I could assist to a lot of very interesting presentations and discussions, but unfortunately I can just mention a few of them here:

  • According to John Quinn, the Chief Technology Officer of HL7, Health Information Technology Architectures should follow SOA approaches, which confirms that SAP is on the right track (see the paper for more details).
  • Jill Kaufman from IBM gave a great overview on relevant standards for personal health record (PHR).
  • Professor Blobel from the eHealth Competence Center, University of Regensburg claimed not only syntactic and semantic interoperability were necessary to support healthcare processes, but also organizational interoperability.
  • I had the chance to talk to Juha Mykkänen from the University of Kuopio about  SOA and to learn about the activities of the Healthcare Services Specification Project (HSSP), which is a joint activity of HL7 and OMG.
    It was also great to talk to Eric Poiseau, the technical project manager for IHE Europe and to learn about open source tools in use for HL7 message transformation and for the MLLP protocol.

If you want to read more, please visit the conference’s web site.

Not only the conference was great, also the place where it took place – Crete is definitely a nice place to stay 😉

IHIC 2009 will take place in Kyoto, Japan in May, hope to be there and meet you!


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