Sometimes in the world of eHealth and European projects, we tend to think that we do and what we work on is just as important, just as brilliant and essential to everyone else as it is to ourselves and the people we collaborate with. We tend to forget that the health sector is huge and complicated and is not going to be revolutionised overnight by our ideas. Luckily, sometimes though, we witness that many others around the world actually do share the vision and do use our work and that it adds benefit to everyday citizens, patients and healthcare professionals. That was my experience after the Trillium II Prize was launched.
In the Trillium II project, we launched in 2019 a Prize award to promote the awareness and innovative use of the HL7 FHIR International Patient Summary (IPS) by health companies and organisations.
IPS standards advance the vision of the patient summary as a window to a person’s health information and highlight the value of health data as social good and human right, i.e. it makes key health information about me available anytime and anywhere.
CEN and HL7 has worked closely for 2 years to deliver pragmatic standards and implementation guides and the Trillium II project has supported this work strategically. So, the Trillium Prize award was also our chance to see if this work has been successful in spreading the knowledge and guidance on IPS implementation. So, did it turn out to be just a hype and a dream? No, thankfully not!
After an internal eligibility review process, we had nine finalists who each in their own way has a strong and ambitious plan for how to innovate using the IPS. They came from SMEs, Governments & public authorities, private companies and multi-national consortia and they represent Latin America, North American and Europe. This shows that IPS is truly global and end-users in all countries can benefit from it.
The Prize finalists have applied IPS across a range of different types of applications and use cases across the health and care continuum:
The finalists were reviewed by an international jury, who has selected the Trillium II award winners for the most innovative use of the IPS. These were the members of the jury:
Beyond the project and the Prize, we will continue to share IPS experiences and tools through the IPS Global Community of Practice for Digital Health Innovation. Visit www.trillium2.eu to tell us to participate and share your ideas.
Check out the Trillium II award ceremony for the most innovative use of the IPS and the official launch of the Global Community of Practice for the IPS, at the HIMSS Europe Conference Spotlight Stage on Thursday June 13, at 14:50.
Consultant at MedCom, Denmark
Trillium II Project Administrative Coordinator