Clinical Patient Management System for European Reference Networks - OpenApp Connecting with Rare Disease Colleagues


During 2016 some of the OpenApp team here have been attending, exhibiting and speaking at various health & rare disease events.

eHealth Ireland Ecosystem

Our MD Mel McIntyre gave an update at the eHealth Ireland Ecosystem event. Mel took to the podium to discuss how a registry can make a huge impact on  bipolar patients and associated research. He led a discussion that was hugely engaging and helped advance thought on this important project, which is focused on population wellbeing, health service efficiencies and economic opportunity through the use of technology-enabled solutions.

Along with Dr. Barry White, Consultant Hematologist at St James Hospital, Mel discussed the key requirements of integration between stakeholders, the need for data repositories and the use of open source platforms as a vital element of the future of eHealth projects.

British Paediatric Surveillance Unit

George Reynolds, our Director of Business Development and Anil Metha exhibited at the British Paediatric Surveillance Unit (BPSU) Rare Disease Conference in the UK to help celebrate Rare Disease Day. The BPSU held a tea party with many patients’ organisations in attendance. This was a great opportunity for attendees to network and speak on the exhibitions.


George hopped on a plane after BPSU to celebrate Rare Disease Day with Eurordis. Last year, we became a sapphire member. It is a pleasure to share our domain knowledge of patient registry software with the other members. A key take-away from the event was the real potential that European Reference Networks bring to advancing patient care and access to condition expertise across national European boundaries.

Genetic Disorders Leadership Symposium

Our MD was back on the road to attend and speak at UK Genetic Disorders Leadership Symposium with Daniel Levi of the CATS Foundation, OpenApp provide the CATS Foundation patient registry software.

It was an informative session about how small charities supporting rare diseases can create and implement a cost-effective disease-specific registry. Daniel spoke about the impact of having a registry for Tay Sachs.

Mel spoke about how our registry software is used for gathering real world data. He also announced our free registry software to manage up to 100 patients and 4 users. Using the dataset as defined by Epirare and using OpenEHR thinking, this is an ideal way for smaller patient organisations to either get started with a registry or update their existing one.

A key take-away for us was collaboration and connections continue to be important in the area of rare disease patient registries and the value that they bring.

Learn more about OpenApp's work in the rare disease space here=> Rare Disease Patient Registry Software

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