Re: [openEHR-announce] Extension of nominations 31 Jan 2015 - and join up now.

sam.heard at sam.heard at
Fri Jan 9 07:04:07 EST 2015

Hi Richard

The meeting in Brazil will be highly significant in international terms regardless. I highly recommend that you go! Perhaps we could have a performance there (Richard is a guitarist in the band I play with!)

Joining as a member is:


a vote of support for the Foundation

a contribution to funding the Foundation’s core functions

a statement of commitment to open solutions for health records that are not owned by anyone

a means of contacting and communicating with other members locally or internationally

a stepping stone to taking a greater role in the development of openEHR

a means of having a say in who takes the lead in the direction of the Foundation

something you can tell others about with pride.

Cheers Sam

From: Richard Hosking
Sent: ‎Wednesday‎, ‎7‎ ‎January‎ ‎2015 ‎3‎:‎31‎ ‎PM
To: For openEHR clinical discussions

Considering going to the Brazil meeting 
Any advantage in joining ? and how? 

Richard Hosking 

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Wed, 7 Jan 2015 05:52:41 +0000

RE: [openEHR-announce] Extension of nominations 31 Jan 2015 - and join up now.

Hi Sam,


Can you please clarify what is happening to the existing Board. Is it dissolving completely or are some members remaining or…?


It seems that at least some are renominating.







From: openEHR-clinical [mailto:openehr-clinical-bounces at] On Behalf Of sam.heard at
Sent: Tuesday, 6 January 2015 7:23 AM
To: For openEHR technical discussions; For openEHR clinical discussions
Subject: Re: [openEHR-announce] Extension of nominations 31 Jan 2015 - and join up now.


Hi All and Happy New Year


Apologies for being away and not getting to this sooner. I am a full time clinician at present! Due to limited resources within the Foundation we have utilised the WildApricot software to manage our initial membership, nomination and voting process. We have  used the “event registration” to accept nominations which may have caused some confusion. Koray Atalag, Pablo Pazos and Ian Mc Nicoll have editing access to this site.


The process is to join at, await approval (built into the software), then go to the Nominations and Voting page. You will then be asked to provide the name of a member (not a current Board Member) supporting your nomination and give a brief Bio and statement of intent. 


We are seeking nominations for 2 individual member positions on the Management Board and for 2 Industry Partner nominees. At present we have 4 nominations for the Individual Membership representatives:

Shinju Kobayashi

Silje Ljosland Bakke

Ian McNicoll

Diego Bosca Thomas


This list is now public. The software adds the possibility to restrict view (uneditable).


There are no nominations for the Industry Partner representatives as yet.


It is not possible to nominate another person. Nominees must be members, must complete the registration and their supporting member must be an active member. Active members are visible to all members under Contacts > Directory.


I undertake to send out this list on a weekly basis during January.


Hope this helps. We are, through this process, getting funds to launch openEHR as an operational organisation The software is not ideal but at least we have a registration space and it links to PayPal so we have a manageable situation. I certainly hope we will do better in the future. I have attempted to answer as many of Erik’s points as possible. If you want someone to stand for election to the Board, please approach them and ask them to nominate.


Thank you for your patience.


Cheers, Sam Heard






From: Erik Sundvall
Sent: ‎Sunday‎, ‎28‎ ‎December‎ ‎2014 ‎6‎:‎41‎ ‎PM
To: For openEHR technical discussions, For openEHR clinical discussions


Hi and seasons greetings!


I find the openEHR board nomination process a bit confusing and pretty different to what I am used to in other community settings.


When joining as an openEHR individual member you first have to wait until your application has been approved, this might be logical in some ways, but it means you will need to remember to get back to the member site some days later and then do your nominations (a nomination dropout risk).


Also you can not even view nominations without logging in. After logging in I did not find any list of members possible to nominate, but after navigating around a while I found these four nominations:

- Bosca Tomas, Diego
- McNicoll, Ian
- Bakke, Silje Ljosland
- Kobayashi, Shinji

I guess these nice persons were nominated by individual members, I did not find any information regarding if industry members have nominated any candidates.


I did not find any information regarding if any of the current board members are considered already nominated or not (I guess not, since Ian is on the current board and has been nominated separately). 


The strangest thing, unless I misunderstood the submission form: 

The form is rigged primarily to nominate yourself, and it is optional to "Include name in list of event registrants" - does that mean that there may be people secretly nominated? Very strange at least from a Swedish community/NGO/volunteer-org perspective.


I would like to nominate Thomas Beale for example, can I do that? By replacing my own name that is pre-filled in the form I guess it is possible to nominate someone else but it is far from obvious from form-texts regarding "your nomination" etc.


In the community settings I am used to, the nominations are open so that any member can nominate any member, then the nominated persons are asked if they would accept a nomination or not, then there is a vote among the remaining nominated persons. 


I would suggest some changes

- Listing all current nominations (including from both industry and individual members) without login requirement

- Allowing at least logged in members to see who else is a member (so that we know who can be nominated and can encourage people to become members if they are not listed)

- Making it possible to nominate other people than yourself

- Clarifying if anybody not on the visible nomination list is considered to be nominated

- Send out nomination reminders regularly (perhaps including a list of the then nominated persons)


Best regards,

Erik Sundvall 

Ph.D. Medical Informatics. Information Architect. Tel: +46-72-524 54 55 (or 010-1036252 in Sweden)
LiÖ: erik.sundvall at ( changing name 1 Jan 2015)
LiU: erik.sundvall at


On Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 12:58 AM, <sam.heard at> wrote:

Happy Xmas everybody,


Thank you to the new members and Industry Partners that have joined up so far. We have three nominations for the Management Board at this stage. Two of the companies have asked for an extension for the joining date to allow transition to the new Calendar year. 


The Board considered their request at the last Board meeting and agreed. Consequently the closure date for nominations has been extended to the 31 Jan 2015.


Please join up by going to We need a broad and representative group to vote for the Management Board. Your involvement is crucial. The funds also help us with the provision of some of the fundamentals (web site, CKM etc). 


Have a great break over Xmas but make sure you contribute to the MedInfo workshops by the middle of January. Keep an eye on the lists for details.


Looking forward to working with you all in 2015!


Cheers, Sam


Dr Sam Heard
Chairman, openEHR Foundation


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