Semantic Interoperability for Health Network (SemanticHealthNet)

At a Glance
  • Status: Active Consortium
  • Year Launched: 2012
  • Initiating Organization: European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
  • Initiator Type: Government
  • No disease focus
  • Location: Europe


Semantic Interoperability for Health Network (SemanticHealthNet) will develop a scalable and sustainable pan-European organizational and governance process for the semantic interoperability of clinical and biomedical knowledge, to help ensure that electronic health record (EHR) systems are optimized for patient care, public health, and clinical research across healthcare systems and institutions.


Through a clinically driven work plan, exemplified in cardiovascular medicine, SemanticHealthNet will capture the needs for evidence-based, patient-centered, integrated care and for public health, encapsulating existing European consensus in the management of chronic heart failure and cardiovascular prevention. Experts in EHR architectures, clinical data structures, terminologies, and ontology will combine, tailor, and pilot their best-of-breed resources in response to the needs articulated by clinicians and public health physicians.

These exemplars will be cross-referenced with other domains and stakeholder perspectives via Clinical and Industrial Advisory Boards and interactions with other projects in Topic 5.3. The project will generalize and formalize the methods and best practices in how to combine and adapt informatics resources to support semantic interoperability, and how these can be developed and supported at scale. Health authorities, clinical professionals, ministries, vendors, purchasers, and insurers are involved to ensure the project approach, and results are realistically adoptable and viable, building on the SemanticHEALTH and CALLIOPE roadmaps.

A business model to justify strategic investments, including the opportunity costs for key stakeholders such as SDOs, industry, will be defined. This, and links with epSOS II and the eHealth Governance Initiative, will inform the shape of the virtual organization that this network will establish to sustain semantic interoperability developments and their adoption.

Consortium History

January 2011: Consortium started

Structure & Governance

SemanticHealthNet’s work is divided into Work Streams and then Work Packages (WPs).


SemanticHealthNet is funded via the European Union Seventh Framework Programme.


Sponsors & Partners

Empirica Gesellschaft für Kommunikations und Technologieforschung mbH

EN13606 Association

European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry

European Institute for Health Records

Health Level 7 (HL7) International Foundation

Imperial College London

Institut National de la Santé et la Recherche Médicale

International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation

Medical University of Graz

Ocean Informatics

Research in Advanced Medical Informatics and Telematics

The University of Manchester

University Hospitals of Geneva

University of Hull

Whittington NHS Trust

World Health Organization

Data Mining International

Last Updated: 04/15/2016

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