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Safety and Privacy by Design in COVID-19 solutions: a case for collaborative standards development

Memorial Colloquium in honor of Libor Seidl, Chair of HL7 Czech Republic

Thursday April 15, 2021, 15:30-17:00 CET, 9:30am -11:00EST
Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4945490466089239052

Libor Seidl has been a member of the HL7 community and chair of HL7 Czech Republic since 2008. As highly respected leader in standardization, Libor was warm and welcoming and made numerous contributions to HL7 and the larger healthcare informatics community. In the series of International HL7 Interoperability Conferences launched in 2000 in Dresden, Germany, he was the Chair of the Local Organizing Committee of the 2015 event in Prague, bringing together the HL7 Affiliate community. That was the event, where the European Strategic Advisory Group was formally established, one important step towards HL7 Europe. Libor Seidl passed away from COVID-19 on 29 March 2021.
He was father of three children.

Preliminary Program

Welcome: Sadhana Alangar, HL7 International Director of Education (5 min)

  • Obituary for Libor Seidl, Bernd Blobel, Past Chair HL7 Germany, EFMI Honorary Fellow (10 min)
  • UK National primary care COVID-19 surveillance - opportunities and challenges in sharing data across the UK and with Europe, Simon de Lusignan, EFMI PC WG, University of Oxford (20 min)
  • HL7 FHIR Implementation in the Czech Republic, Role of HL7 CZ, Hynek Kruzik and Martin Zeman, Ministry of Health, Czech Republic (10 min)
  • Libor Seidl role in the establishment of IHE CZ, Martin Zubek, IHE CZ (10 min)
  • Czech Republic's national response to COVID, Jan Hulek, IHE CZ (10 min)
  • Covid-19 apps, Alexander Berler, Past Chair HL7 Hellas (10 min)
  • Moderated Q&A and Discussion, Christof Gessner, Past Chair HL7 Germany (10 min)

Closing Remarks: Catherine Chronaki, Secretary General, HL7 Europe (5min)

HL7 Europe Organizing Committee: Bernd Blobel, HL7 Germany, EFMI Honorary Fellow Alexander Berler, past Chair HL7 Hellas Christof Gessner, HL7 Germany, HL7 Europe Board Member, Chair HL7 European Strategic Advisory Board Catherine Chronaki, Secretary General, HL7 Europe

Interoperable Proof of Vaccination Implementation approaches across Europe

We have had a very well attended Webconference on February 25th, 2021. 196 interested participants listened to what our speakers could provide as the state of the art in different European countries.

Please feel free to download the slidedeck.


Welcome - Agenda
State of play with Vaccination Standards in Europe: an overview Christof Gessner, HL7 Europe Board of Directors, HL7 Germany

  • What is the state of play of implementations across Europe?
  • Role of HL7 Standards? Role of Affiliates?
  • collaborations - decision-making practices - vendor engagement?

Vaccination Standardization Efforts across Europe (deep dive, 10 min each)

  • Line Saele Andreassen, HL7 Europe Board of Directors, HL7 Norway, Public Health Agency of Norway
  • Giorgio Cangioli, HL7 Europe Board of Directors, HL7 Italy
  • Roeland Luykx, HL7 Switzerland

Panel statements (Limit to 5 minutes each)

  • Eamon Coyne, Enterprise Technical Architecture Lead, Health Services Executive Ireland
  • Jose Costa Teixeira, HL7 Belgium
  • Jens Kristian Villadsen, HL7 Europe Board of Directors, HL7 Denmark
  • Thierry Dart, HL7 France
  • Mikael Rinnetmäki, HL7 Finland
  • Sylvia Thun, HL7 Germany

Discussion (25 min)

HL7 as an organization has been a catalyst for health information technology standards since the times of HL7v2 and remains a catalyst with HL7 CDA and HL7 FHIR large scale projects as myHealth@EU and eHDSI introducing new ways of developing standards and accelerating their adoption. Quite timely as we are implementing proof of vaccination for medical and other purposes across Europe and beyond. Following the speaker talks, the following questions will be addressed in a panel:

  • How do you see the role of HL7 Europe and European affiliates supporting the proof of vaccination for medical purposes in the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • What synergies work well in these circumstances? Where more work is needed?
  • How did you or members of your HL7 Affiliate contribute to national or European specifications for proof of vaccinations?
  • How do you see the HL7 user communities evolving into the future to support alignment of standards?
  • How do you see the connection to interoperability policy for research, public health and data science?

Closing Remarks: Catherine Chronaki, HL7 Europe (5min)

HL7 Europe is part of FAIR4Health,

a European project on the advanced use and sharing of data from health research


Taking part in a project financed by the European Commission to make effective the application of the FAIR principles and obtain a strong impact on health research and even on health care.

Please find the complete press release here.

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What mHealth support should a European knowledge centre offer? Share your views and help define the services of the European mHealthHub.

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The European Commission has unveiled an action plan to address barriers to the full use of digital solutions in Europe's healthcare systems (07/12/2012)

The goal is to improve healthcare for the benefit of patients, give patients more control of their care and bring down costs. While patients and health professionals are enthusiastically using telehealth solutions and millions of Europeans have downloaded smartphone apps to keep track of their health and wellbeing, digital healthcare has yet to reap its great potential to improve healthcare and generate efficiency savings.

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