Infobanco: Innovative use of health data for research and analysis

"The knowledge we will get in the Infobanco project will help us understand what are the challenges to implementing openEHR standard. If clinical registry models are standardised, we can use them both in the fundamental primary purpose of giving patient care without boundaries, without transitions, but it's also going to be useful for secondary use," said Pablo Serrano about the benefits of developing an innovative architecture for a regional health data network.

The third webinar of the Better webinar series "openEHR: Bringing theory to life" was about the Infobanco project in Spain that aims to develop an innovative architecture for a regional health data network for research and analysis. Our guest was Pablo Serrano Balazote, Planning Director from the Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre in Madrid, a specialist in health informatics and healthcare management. He spoke about how they combined different technologies and multiple systems to create a regional research platform, and what is the role of openEHR in the project.

Together with our partner Jordi Fontestad Tortosa, Director of NTT DATA Europe & Latam, they tried to explain the role of openEHR in developing the regional architecture, different technologies and tools that are being used in the development, and how to build different clinical applications without long development cycles.

Infobanco is developing a regional architecture, a standardised data repository combining information from different clinical as well as research and administrative systems of Madrid Health Service SERMAS. It consists of the data extraction from different clinical, administrative, and other information systems and then normalising it to different repositories for different purposes. "There is a vision to have a single registry with the data that responds to multiple purposes. If we can have the ability to generate the response to different challenges with health data from a single registry, we will be able to accelerate that generation of knowledge and also the usefulness of health data in healthcare," said Pablo Serrano.

The project is a pioneer openEHR project that is being executed in Spain. "I think openEHR will take part in ambitious regional projects that are well planned, to give the tools of the new generation to the shared health records or the data federation," said Serrano and added that standards will add value to the clinical data repositories that will as such become truly interoperable systems. "Infobanco project will demonstrate that with standardised health record models, data lakes or data repositories of actual value are generated," he added.

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