Supporting the Continuity of Home Care and the Bidirectional Exchange of Data among Various Points of Care by Semantically Annotated Web Services

Authors: Maria Botsivaly, Basile Spyropoulos

Polibits, 37, pp. 71-78, 2008.

Abstract:  In this paper we report, first, the conceptualization and initial design of a system that creates a structured subset of data, concerning the most relevant facts about a patientís healthcare, organized and transportable, in order to be employed during the post-discharge homecare period, enabling simultaneously the planning and the optimal documentation of the provided homecare. Second, we present the actual development and implementation of the system according to the ASTM Continuity of Care Record (CCR) Specification. Finally, we present the implementation of a semantic-web-based system, which aims to facilitate the exchange of Clinical Information among various points of care, and we also present a solution that provides for the shared understanding of Medical Data between diverge information systems, and overcomes, both, the problems of incompatible formats in messages and of the use of diverse vocabularies.

Keywords: Home care; continuity of care record; semantically annotated Web services; data exchange among various points of care.

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