Karima BourquardOver the course of more than 20 years, Karima Bourquard has acquired a sound experience in health information systems Having started out in the development of solutions for health facilities, she then, over a period of about ten years, put her skills to work in the service of the GMSH (Hospital Information Systems Modernization Group), allowing her to develop numerous reference studies to insure the harmonious development of health IS (strategy and steering, patient identification, policies and charters, business processes, change management, interoperability …).

It goes without saying that no harmonious development of IS is possible without intercommunication among systems. In this regard, Karima Bourquard is among the founders and co-chair of IHE France and IHE Europe. She is, along with users and suppliers associations, the one who introduced IHE profiles based, in particular, on HL7 and DICOM standards. She continues to pursue this activity within IHE Europe.

Today, thanks to the work of IHE committees, the corpus of IHE profiles has taken on great importance and makes possible the fulfillment of numerous needs. Thus, countries such as France, Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg among others, have incorporated into the framework of national interoperability, numerous IHE profiles, where 27 now  recognized at the European level (JOUE 2015/1302) by the the Multi-Stakeholder Platform  for ICT (MSP). These profiles can be referenced in public procurement (July 2015)

Finally, keen on letting the Silver economy in France enjoy the benefits of tried methods in that regard and, in such manner, contribute to a more rapid development and in harmony with the eHealth sector, Karima Bourquard participated in the collective work, Information and Communication Technologies for Health and Autonomy, and headed by Robert Picard with the assistance of Antoine Vial and Thomas Houy, and with contributions by Karima Bourquard, Miche Habrias, Myriam Legoff-Pronost, Christophe Lorieux, Henri Noat, Caroline Noublanche, Emmanuel Pavageau, Didier Pillet, Jean-Claude Ragache, Claude Savi, Jean Luc Weber, (Telecom Foundation, January 2011 – 240 pages)

She is also a founding member of the Living Lab Forum (www.forumllsa.org) whose mission is to:
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  • recognize territorial initiatives in the realm of health and autonomy that identify with Living Labs
  • enable exchanges and sharing of best practises and experiences
  • make itself known, at the European level, in order to promote the emergence of a policy of innovation beneficial to users and professionals.


Some Articles

Karima Bourquard, Franck Le Gall, Philippe Cousin. Standards for Interoperability in digital health : selection and implementation in an eHealth Project. Springer Verlag. Soon to be published.

Karima Bourquard. Contribution of Standards and Profiles to the Interoperability in eHealth. Communications and Strategies (DigiWorld Economic Journal- IDATE). N°83- 71-86. 3ème trim 2011. www.idate.org

Ib JOHANSEN, Morten BRUUN-RASMUSSEN, Karima BOURQUARD, Eric POISEAU, Milan ZORIC, Charles PARISOT, Michael ONKEN. Quality Management System for Interoperability Testing. MIE- Publication 2011

Georg Heidenreich, Michael Onken, Charles Parisot, Eric Poiseau, Morten Bruun-Rasmussen , Karima Bourquard, Jos Devlies. Combining functional and interoperability testing – Results from the HITCH project. Schreier G, Hayn D, Ammenwerth E, editors. Tagungsband der eHealth 2011. 26.-27.Mai 2011; Wien. OCG; 2011