Derek Ritz

Derek Ritz

Principal Consultant, ecGroup Inc.
Involved with IHE for 5 years

I am a member of the ITI technical committee and was a co-author of the Care Services Discovery (CSD) profile. I am involved as a community member and leader in the OpenHIE initiative (www.OHIE.org); OpenHIE is an open source, standards-based eHealth infrastructure focused on the health needs in developing countries. I am a lurker on the PCC and QRPH committees.

I am an advisor to ministries of health in a number of developing countries regarding what standards stack they should consider to underpin their national eHealth infrastructure. In my view, the collection of IHE profiles provide these countries with a pragmatic option that includes a ready mechanism for supporting conformance-testing of vendor solutions. On a personal note, I feel my involvement in IHE helps gives voice to the needs of these low-resource constituencies and puts them "on the radar" as potential consumers of IHE specifications and of conformant vendor products.