Tools for Software Developers

In addition to enabling health and care staff without programming skills to create decision support tools, the Right Decision platform provides resources and tools to support specialist software developers.




openEHR is a well established open specification which allows the creation of interoperable electronic health and care record in a vendor and technology neutral open format. The Clinical Knowledge Manager (CKM) allows you to discover, create and curate openEHR archetypes and templates:

    • Archetypes are small, reusable and computable information models that represent elements of a record and are the key building blocks of openEHR.
    • Templates aggregate archetypes into meaningful datasets for a specific purpose e.g. to underpin data entry or message content, and are used directly by openEHR


Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR, pronounced "fire") is a draft standard describing data formats and elements (known as "resources") and an API for exchanging electronic health records. The standard was created by the Health Level Seven International (HL7) health-care standards organization.

FHIR builds on previous data format standards from HL7, like HL7 version 2.x and HL7 version 3.x. But it is easier to implement because it uses a modern web-based suite of API technology, including a HTTP-based RESTful protocol, HTML and Cascading Style Sheets for user interface integration, a choice of JSON or XML for data representation, and Atom for results. One of its goals is to facilitate interoperation between legacy health care systems, to make it easy to provide health care information to health care providers and individuals on a wide variety of devices from computers to tablets to cell phones, and to allow third-party application developers to provide medical applications which can be easily integrated into existing systems.


SMART Health IT is an open, standards based technology platform that enables innovators to create apps that seamlessly and securely run across the healthcare system. Using an electronic health record (EHR) system or data warehouse that supports the SMART standard, patients, doctors, and healthcare practitioners can draw on this library of apps to improve clinical care, research, and public health.

To make it easy for developers to get started building apps based on the SMART standards, the SMART Health IT project created, maintains and supports a set of open source libraries that simplify and streamline the use of these standards in real world apps. Currently, libraries are available for HTML5/Javascript, iOS and Python. The SMART team also offers free API “sandbox” servers on the web for developers to test their apps (along with with a locally installable version that users can run on their own systems). Additional tools, such as a web-based FHIR resource editor to help developers structure sample data for their apps (FRED) and a software library that integrates the SMART platform with Apple ResearchKit framework (C3-PRO) are under development.