What is done, what is needed and what is realistic to expect from medical informatics standards

Clement J. McDonald, J. Marc Overhage, Paul Dexter, Blaine Takesue, Jeffrey G. Suico

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Abstract

Medical informatic experts have made considerable progress in the development of standards for orders and clinical results (CEN, HL7, ASTM), EKG tracings (CEN), diagnostic images (DICOM), claims processing (X12 and EDIFAC) and in vocabulary and codes (SNOMED, Read Codes, the MED, LOINC). Considerable work still remains to be carried out. Abstract models of health care information have to be created, to cover the necessary domain, and yet be simple enough to assimilate, implement, and manage. This requires a high degree of abstraction. Enormous amounts to develop standardized vocabulary are still required to complement such a model, and to define the subsets that apply to given contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-12
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Medical Informatics
Volume48
Issue number1-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 1998
EventProceedings of the 1997 1st IMIA WG16 Meeting on Standardisation in Health Informatics - Bermuda, Bermuda
Duration: Sep 11 1997Sep 13 1997

Keywords

  • Computer automation
  • Electronic medical records
  • Message standards
  • Vocabulary standards

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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