NZ researcher elected to openEHR Management Board

09 March 2015

Dr Koray Atalag is one of two new members to be elected to the Management board of the openEHR Foundation. openEHR is a virtual community working on interoperability and computability in e-health, whose main focus is electronic patient records (EHRs) and systems.


Dr Koray Atalag

Operating under a three-member Board of Governors, the openEHR Foundation Management board is representative of the wider community in which openEHR operates, and includes members who are appointed by the various interest groups that make up the openEHR community. These interest groups are members of the openEHR Foundation, and are composed of individual members and industry partners who each elect two board positions, and sponsoring partners. Koray was one of 7 nominees for the two positions elected by individual members. There are five board positions in total, with up to three further co-opted positions. Each member serves a three year term, for up to three terms.

The Management Board coordinates the foundation’s programme activities, which are split into four areas: specification, clinical models, software, and localisation. Koray has been the Localisation Program Lead for the last three years. His involvement with openEHR began 2001 when he encountered Thomas Beale (now Specification Program Leader) in a hotel elevator in Berlin at a meeting for European Health Records (EuroRec 2001), followed by a long walk along Berlin streets during which they exchanged ideas. At the time, Koray was a lecturer in medical informatics in Turkey, and Thomas Beale was the creator of the information modelling methodology that underpinned the Good European Health Record project (1992-1994) which led to the first GEHR object model for the health care record. The GEHR project was the precursor to what became openEHR, and the openEHR Foundation.

openEHR Foundation

Founded by University College London, UK and Ocean Informatics Pty Ltd, Australia, the openEHR Foundation is a not-for-profit company whose vision is “of a world in which healthcare routinely obtains benefit from ICT, in particular: life-long interoperable electronic health records (EHRs);” and “computing on EHRs to improve the quality of health care and research"


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