Education Program Board

Education Program Board Members

Hanna Pohjonen, PhD (Co-chair)

Hanna is a healthcare IT consultant at Rosaldo Oy (her own consultancy company). She has worked in 30 different countries in Europe, North-America, Middle East and Asia; she is specialized in big regional and national healthcare IT/eHealth projects. She has an extensive market knowledge in the area. She has provided consultancy regarding healthcare information systems and IT architectures, vendor neutral archiving, data sharing (XDS, openEHR), shared workflow, data privacy and security services as well as innovative eHealth applications and services, especially across organizational and national borders. She has special experience in benchmarking, IT and procurement strategies and roadmaps, cost/benefit analyses in the whole life cycle of the eHealth investment, quality assurance, applying new innovative technologies, change management and development of new service models based on IT tools and services. 
Before consultancy she worked in research both in UK and Finland, hospital environment and healthcare financing. She also represented Finland in eHealth matters in the European Commission.

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Seref Arikan, PhD

Seref Arikan is a software architect who has been working at Ocean Informatics UK since 2010. He started his professional career in 1997 as a freelance developer working on B2B and B2C solutions and has worked in various health IT companies since 2001, mostly in various R&D and product development roles.

His work on openEHR started around 2002, while he was working for a hospital information system vendor. He has released various openEHR related software components and tools as open source in 2009, which were develop in relation to his PhD in medical informatics. Seref's PhD, which he completed at UCL, CHIME, under the supervision of Professor David Ingram, is on the integration of openEHR specifications with Bayesian Networks for clinical decision support.

He is currently in charge of development of various platform components at Ocean Informatics, with a focus on analytics, scalability and API development. His particular interest and most active research is on the implementation of openEHR persistence and relevant specifications such as AQL.

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