Open for research

The underlying principles behind openEHR are to make data coherent, structured and patient‑centric, and to store it independently of applications. Research projects thus work with a high‑quality, homogeneous resource, allowing them to focus on the questions at hand rather than data integration.

HiGHmed Medical Informatics

The HiGHmed system aggregates heterogeneous data from 8 German hospitals into an openEHR platform, which provides standardised data for major research projects in cardiology, oncology and infection control.


Access all data in one, standardised and structured format via open APIs and a powerful querying language

openEHR provides a single controlled source for ETL extraction, including to OMOP and custom formats.

openEHR reduces costs of data‑wrangling, allowing research projects to focus on their primary questions.

Availability & control

All the data in an openEHR system is available to the healthcare provider or citizen. The only barriers to access are those of governance and privacy. The vendor who supplies the CDR technology has no technical or commercial control over the data.

Querying can be federated across different datastores and made available to standard BI tools and research tooling such as RedCap, OMOP and R.


Health care data is exponentially more powerful if connected, combined and shared.

Getting involved

Research organisations may support openEHR by joining as an Organisational Partner, and may also have staff who could contribute to the Specifications or Clinical Programs.

Membership Specifications Program Clinical Program