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Providing integrated clinical capabilities via the metapatient record
Author(s): Stephen F. Mills; Eckart Fleck
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Paper Abstract

Significant clinical value can result from the transparent integration ofpatient information, including medical images, test results, clinical reports and administrative data, to provide a unified patient record in a format that is well-suited to use by clinical specialists and subspecialists. The development of such a capability, however, has often been hampered by the existence of legacy systems that store such data in proprietary formats and by the development of technology-driven products that do not reflect the needs ofthe clinicians that will use them. The Berlin Medical (BERMED) system addresses these issues through the use of the meta-patient record, an integration layer that provides both directory services and retrieval services for distributed, heterogeneous patient information. The system currently integrates CT, MR. digital angiography and computed radiography modalities along with a hospital information system and a text-based information system used for the reporting of clinical observations, diagnoses and test results. A multi-media video conferencing and collaboration capability is also provided to support consultation, teaching and other types of interaction among clinicians at different BERMED sites. The BERMED system has been developed incrementally since 1992 and is currently in routine clinical use by a wide community of users. Keywords: Electronic medical records, computerized patient records, medical informatics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 May 1997
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3035, Medical Imaging 1997: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues, (22 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.274624
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen F. Mills, Berkom USA, LLC (United States)
Eckart Fleck, Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3035:
Medical Imaging 1997: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues
Steven C. Horii; G. James Blaine, Editor(s)

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