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Interoperability in healthcare: major challenges in the creation of the enterprise environment
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Paper Abstract

There is today a lack of interoperability in healthcare although the need for it is obvious. A new healthcare enterprise environment has been deployed for secure healthcare interoperability in the Western Region in Sweden (WRS). This paper is an empirical overview of the new enterprise environment supporting regional shared and transparent radiology domain information in the WRS. The enterprise environment compromises 17 radiology departments, 1,5 million inhabitants, using different RIS and PACS in a joint work-oriented network and additional cardiology, dentistry and clinical physiology departments. More than 160 terabytes of information are stored in the enterprise repository. Interoperability is developed according to the IHE mission, i.e. applying standards such as Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine (DICOM) and Health Level 7 (HL7) to address specific clinical communication needs and support optimal patient care. The entire enterprise environment is implemented and used daily in WRS. The central prerequisites in the development of the enterprise environment in western region of Sweden were: 1) information harmonization, 2) reuse of standardized messages e.g. HL7 v2.x and v3.x, 3) development of a holistic information domain including both text and images, and 4) to create a continuous and dynamic update functionality. The central challenges in this project were: 1) the many different vendors acting in the region and the negotiations with them to apply communication roles/profiles such as HL7 (CDA, CCR), DICOM, and XML, 2) the question of whom owns the data, and 3) incomplete technical standards. This study concludes that to create a workflow that runs within an enterprise environment there are a number of central prerequisites and challenges that needs to be in place. This calls for negotiations on an international, national and regional level with standardization organizations, vendors, health management and health personnel.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 March 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7264, Medical Imaging 2009: Advanced PACS-based Imaging Informatics and Therapeutic Applications, 72640C (13 March 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.811493
Show Author Affiliations
L. Lindsköld, Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)
HSA, Western Region (Sweden)
M. Wintell, HSA, Western Region (Sweden)
N. Lundberg, Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)
SLL (Sweden)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7264:
Medical Imaging 2009: Advanced PACS-based Imaging Informatics and Therapeutic Applications
Khan M. Siddiqui; Brent J. Liu, Editor(s)

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