Enabling Europe-wide semantic interoperability: building a European Virtual Organisation- results from an expert workshop

Semantic interoperability (SIOP) is a critical need to support the widespread sharing of electronic health records, and their safe interpretation. Therefor achieving SIOP of electronic health information is also a key ambition of projects funded by the European Commission. A recent business modeling workshop has analyzed how a European Virtual Organisation can help focus current development efforts in this field.

The workshop held in Munich on September 12th 2013 assembled representatives of national governments, international standardization organizations, health insurers, industry and ongoing EC projects active in the field of standardization. There was lively debate on the vision, mission and values of a European Virtual Organisation. Using business modeling methodology, the participants discussed customized value propositions of a future European Virtual Organisation, tailored to each major stakeholder (policy-makers, healthcare professionals, research, industry etc.) within the potential value chain. Agreement was reached that the certification and quality labeling of existing semantic resources is a desirable service that could be offered through a future European Virtual Organisation.

The workshop was one of the parallel sessions held during a two-days SemanticHealthNet Consortium-Expert Meeting in Munich (11-12 September 2013) organized with the support of Computer Sciences Cooperation (CSC) GmbH.