concept maps (Cmaps) for archetyping?

Ian McNicoll ian at
Mon Jan 25 03:38:50 EST 2016

I have looked at the CMAP approach in the past but I am not convinced that
it adds much in our world, over standard mindmapping. It is certainly a
little more flexible but not in any key respects.

The models are interesting and I agree are very similar philosophically to
archetypes. The paper was published in 2012  and I was not able to found
any further information on the True ERL project or avaialbility of the
models. The lead author, Allen Brewer, seems to have been
involved in IHE Eye Care. I will contact him and ask if the project is
still active.


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On 24 January 2016 at 21:32, Dr Evelyn Hovenga <ehovenga at> wrote:

> It's not surprising that they didn't know about openEHR, based on their
> paper and listed references they don't appear to have done much of a
> literature  search.
> Evelyn
> -----Original Message-----
> From: openEHR-clinical [mailto:openehr-clinical-bounces at]
> On Behalf Of Thomas Beale
> Sent: Monday, 25 January 2016 4:49 AM
> To: openehr-clinical at
> Subject: Re: concept maps (Cmaps) for archetyping?
> Without wanting to be too critical, not having read their work in detail,
> they may not be experienced in health since they have not distinguished
> Orders (what we call Instructions) from Actions performed, which is pretty
> basic. Also they seem to treat Diagnosis as the main outcome /next step of
> Observation, but as we all know a proper 'diagnosis' is just one of a
> number
> of possible types of assessment. A lot of health orders and actions occur
> before an actual diagnosis is made.
> - thomas
> On 24/01/2016 16:48, Tony Shannon wrote:
> > thanks Tom
> >
> > Have you contacted the authors to make them aware of openEHR?
> > Seems like they've made a lot of effort ...
> > Interestingly their Observe/Orient/Decide/Act model is in essence very
> > similar to the same generic process model that underpins the openEHR
> > reference model..Observations/Evaluations/Instructions/Actions..
> > So close and yet so far.. they need pointing to openEHR.
> >
> > regards,
> > Tony
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