Providing technical and semantic interoperability for integrated healthcare using an IHE-compliant system

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Abstract

Integrated, round-the-clock patient care is becoming one of the key topics for IT applications in eHealth. This paper discusses how to achieve technical as well as semantic interoperability for integrated healthcare. Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) plays an important role. The worldwide initiative IHE aims to optimize the interoperability of IT Systems in medicine and healthcare, using international standards. Documents, based on the Health Level Seven Clinical Document Architecture (HL7 CDA) standard, which can be electronically exchanged between healthcare systems, represent an integral part in a comprehensive solution. Since uniform semantic standards are only used rudimentarily in these documents it is seldom possible to directly compare, check (on plausibility, correctness and completeness) or integrate document content. Such integration is only possible in consideration of semantics and domain specific differences. An example for efficient data exchange using an IHE-compliant system is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IADIS International Conference e-Health 2011, Part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems 2011, MCCSIS 2011
Pages237-240
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventIADIS International Conference e-Health 2011, Part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems 2011, MCCSIS 2011 - Rome, Italy
Duration: 20 Jul 201122 Jul 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IADIS International Conference e-Health 2011, Part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems 2011, MCCSIS 2011

Conference

ConferenceIADIS International Conference e-Health 2011, Part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems 2011, MCCSIS 2011
CountryItaly
CityRome
Period20.07.201122.07.2011

Keywords

  • Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise
  • Semantic interoperability
  • Technical interoperability

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