Germany Meets Norway: Exchanging Ideas about Healthcare Standardisation

Actively welcoming our research year 2017, our first trip this year took us to Nasjonal IKT in Norway. Founded in 2014, Nasjonal IKT aims to establish semantic interoperability between 24 hospital trusts in Norway. Representatives of the University Hospital Heidelberg and Hannover Medical School met Silje Ljosland Bakke, information architect at Nasjonal IKT HF, and her colleagues in Bergen, Norway.

We spent a full day to learn about national level governance of clinical information models. Ms Ljosland Bakke gave us a thorough introduction to the history of the Norwegian clinical modelling programme including a demonstration of the governance structures and workflows. In order to show how archetypes are created and maintained in practice, our hosts demonstrated the use of several tools and best practices for creating high-quality models which can be deployed in national and international semantic interoperability initiatives. We discussed the differences between the German and Norwegian healthcare systems to evaluate the possibilities of adapting their approach in HiGHmed. Regarding the use of standardised terminologies, the first steps of introducing SNOMED CT were demonstrated.

In summary, these lessons learned so far constitute an important step towards the successful implementation of clinical information modelling drawing the attention to the obstacles that still have to be removed. We were highly impressed by the work of Nasjonal IKT and would like to thank our hosts for giving us their time and sharing their unique experience.

Germany Meets Norway: Exchanging Ideas about Healthcare Standardisation