This is terribly geeky, but I am fascinated by information flows. I dream of a world where information moves around freely, and is understood by all, and is useful in every context. I don’t know whether this will ever happen, but I feel like we get a bit closer each day.
I play the drums in a surf rock band (think “Pulp Fiction” soundtrack) and spend any free minute I can get banging on the nearest surface. I try to have at least a few other musical projects on the go at any given time too, so I guess it’s fair to say that music fills most of my life.
I do a lot of work with standards and open-source API development, which is always a challenge. Taking the ideas, points of view, and differences of opinion from a community of smart people around the world and distilling them into something that everyone can agree on is an amazing challenge (and a bit of a nightmare).
James has been with University Health Network since 2003. He leads a team of amazing software developers, who never stop amazing him.
He is heavily involved with HL7 (a healthcare standards body) and leads the HAPI project ( http://jamesagnew.github.io/hapi-fhir/ ), which is an open source library used around the world to develop integrated health software.