Joined July 2003

James Agnew

Technical Manager

Why do you do what you do? What motivates you to get up every morning and come to work?

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.

What are you passionate about outside of work?

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.

What has been the biggest challenge in your work so far?

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).

Professional Bio

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 ( ), which is an open source library used around the world to develop integrated health software.