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Ocean’s clinical modelling team is world-renowned as experts in the design and development of openEHR archetypes and templates.

Ocean Informatics is widely regarded as being international leaders in the standardisation of detailed clinical models and clinical knowledge governance. Collectively, we have more than twenty eight years of experience in the authoring, development and implementation of the openEHR specifications and now eight years of experience in implementing the CKM repository, collaboration portal and governance processes associated with the ‘openEHR methodology’ - firstly with a volunteer international community that now includes over 1500 registered users from 85 countries; and subsequently at national level in a number of countries.

The capability of our informatics team is a strong differentiator from most other eHealth software companies because of a predominance of professional health providers as well as clinical informaticians in the executive and core team.

The founders of Ocean Informatics were responsible for the initial research and development that led to the authoring of the openEHR specifications, establishment of the openEHR Foundation and its community and identified the first requirements that led to the development of Ocean’s open source Archetype Editor and free Template Designer tools.

We have also developed a unique approach to working directly alongside clinicians to ensure that all aspects of clinical data requirements, workflow and processes are captured in data definitions and clinical system design.

Our services:

openEHR clinical data modelling

Ocean’s clinical modelling team is world-renowned as experts in the design and development of openEHR archetypes and templates:

Building archetypes as the foundation building blocks for clinical data specifications
Building templates to aggregate and constrain archetypes to represent clinical data set requirements
Clinical knowledge governance

The Ocean team have been instrumental in developing the clinical knowledge governance processes used by the openEHR Foundation and a number of national eHealth programs. This comprehensive understanding of clinical knowledge governance puts Ocean at the forefront of our industry, with a trusted team of experienced professionals providing sophisticated tools and skills to develop and manage the critical information models and terminology that underpin our electronic health records.

We have more than a decade of experience in the methodology, tooling and training required to manage a library of clinical information models:

  • Development of a library of clinical information models
  • Creation of information models
  • Design patterns
  • Managing clinical complexity
  • Managing dlinician diversity
  • Collaboration portal
  • Building and managing a community of domain experts
  • Web 2.0 crowd sourcing of domain expertise
  • Refinement and publication of information models
  • Quality criteria and processes
  • Governance
  • Maintenance of information models
  • Publication life cycle
  • Technical versioning
  • Audit trails
  • Distribution
Clinical knowledge governance

The Ocean informaticians are possible the most experienced group that are engaging with clinical knowledge governance - the management of a repository of clinical knowledge artefacts through the development, collaboration, publication and maintenance life cycle phases of each artefact - for content, terminology binding and translation. The unique Clinical Knowledge Manager tool has been developed for the specific purpose of supporting the international openEHR community in governing its archetypes, templates and terminology value sets. This tool is now underpinning clinical knowledge governance in many national programs.

While there are many attempts to govern different artefacts in various standards development organisations around the world, there is no similar tool developed to date, and it is the experience of the Ocean team that as soon as a governance issue is resolved within the CKM tool, another 10 are identified. It is the conclusion of the Ocean team that governance of knowledge artefacts to ensure clinical safety is an extremely complex domain, which we suspect is grossly underestimated in the eHealth environment.

Clinician engagement

Ocean’s proven, extensive experience working in eHealth enables us to bridge the communication gap between the clinical and the technical worlds to ensure matching between clinical expectations and practical delivery of eHealth products.

We have developed a unique approach to working directly alongside clinicians to ensure that all aspects of clinical data requirements, workflow and processes are captured in our data definitions and clinical system design:

  • Connecting the gaps between consumer, primary and specialist care
  • Combination of terminologies with clinical models
  • Integration of legacy data
  • Data analysis and aggregation
  • Data registries
  • Domain expertise includes datasets and applications covering:
  • Chronic disease management
  • Care planning
  • Integrated care
  • Medication management
  • Antenatal care
  • Hearing health
  • Indigenous health
  • Infection control

Clinical Engagement Case Study


Ocean can provide a variety of training courses on request. We have extensive experience in delivering online and face-to-face education on all aspects of openEHR clinical modelling, openEHR architecture, clinical knowledge governance, and building openEHR clinical systems.

Where we work:

Ocean's clinical modelling experts have provided clinical modelling training/consulting, clinical knowledge governance training/consulting, or tooling for:

  • Australian Digital Health Agency (previously NEHTA, national)
  • Queensland Department of Health (state)
  • Northern Territory Department of Health (state)
  • Nasjonal IKT, Norway
  • NHS England HSCIC
  • NHS Scotland
  • Ministry of Health, Slovenia
  • Marand d.o.o. – Think!EHR product
  • UK NHS Connecting for Health project
  • Semantic HealthNet, EU FP7 project
  • PARENT, EU FP7 project
  • National Institute of Public Health, Slovenia
  • City of Moscow
  • Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKL)
North America
  • College of Rheumatologists, USA
  • Alberta Health Services, Canada
Latin America
  • Ministry of Health, Brazil
  • Singapore Ministry of Health Holdings (MOHH)