Pulling back the covers: Technical lessons of a real-world health information exchange

Atif Zafar, Brian E. Dixon

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Abstract

Several nations and local communities are striving to achieve widespread, secure exchange of clinical data between various health care providers and public health organizations. Most of the literature on health information exchange focuses on the financial, political, and privacy aspects of these initiatives. Perhaps just as important are the technical and organizational factors that have influenced development of data exchange methods and results. One mature network in the Midwestern United States has had success in establishing consistent, secure exchange of clinical data for more than ten years. Presented here are the technical lessons learned and design decisions made from this initiative with the hope that they can be used by others striving to connect disparate clinical information systems for the improvement of health care quality and safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMEDINFO 2007 - Proceedings of the 12th World Congress on Health (Medical) Informatics
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding Sustainable Health Systems
PublisherIOS Press
Pages488-492
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781586037741
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007
Event12th World Congress on Medical Informatics, MEDINFO 2007 - Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Duration: Aug 20 2007Aug 24 2007

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume129
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Other

Other12th World Congress on Medical Informatics, MEDINFO 2007
CountryAustralia
CityBrisbane, QLD
Period8/20/078/24/07

Keywords

  • computer communication networks
  • computerized medical records systems
  • equipment reuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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    Zafar, A., & Dixon, B. E. (2007). Pulling back the covers: Technical lessons of a real-world health information exchange. In MEDINFO 2007 - Proceedings of the 12th World Congress on Health (Medical) Informatics: Building Sustainable Health Systems (pp. 488-492). (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; Vol. 129). IOS Press.