VIRTUAL – The Standards and Interoperability Lab – Asia (SIL-Asia) co-presented a month-long training series on ‘Ontoserver’ at the AeHIN Hour every Wednesday (3, 10, 17, 24, 31) of March 2021.
Most countries in the region have not yet adopted a framework for standards implementation. As a result, health information systems used by different healthcare providers are still operating in siloes and unable to communicate with one another. Over the years, these siloed systems have been using a wide range of clinical terminologies to define diseases, treatments, operations, and medicines.
With semantics as one of the core foundational elements for health data interoperability, countries should invest in setting up a terminology service for reliable and accurate exchange of data in the national healthcare sector. This would enable the creation of standardized clinical terminology, which would eliminate the need for duplicated efforts and thus, ensure good quality of stored data.
To address this capacity gap, SIL-Asia together with the Ontoserver team of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) organized a series of workshops via AeHIN Hour on these topics:
1. Introduction to FHIR Terminology Resources on March 3, 2021
2. Introduction to FHIR Terminology Operations on March 10, 2021
3. Mapping Principles and Development Process on March 17, 2021
4. Best Practices for building and maintaining HL7-FHIR Terminology Content on March 24, 2021
5. Introduction to SNOMED CT and SNOMED International on March 31, 2021
The concept for the Standards and Interoperability Lab – Asia was first conceived at the Regional Interoperability Workshop organized by AeHIN in Manila last August 2015 at the sidelines of the Global Health Research Forum. The regional lab was designed to serve as a template of labs in each country that will later form into the Community of Interoperability Labs (COIL).