Blobel, Bernd and Engel, Kjeld and Pharow, Peter (2006) Semantic Interoperability - HL7 Version 3 Compared to Advanced Architecture Standards. Methods of Information in Medicine 45 (4), pp. 343-353.
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Objectives: To meet the challenge for high quality and efficient care, highly specialized and distributed healthcare establishments have to communicate and co-operate in a semantically interoperable way. Information and communication technology must be open, flexible, scalable, knowledge-based and service-oriented as well as secure and safe. Methods: For enabling semantic interoperability, a unified process for defining and implementing the architecture, i.e. structure and functions of the cooperating systems’ components, as well as the approach for knowledge representation, i.e. the used information and its interpretation, algorithms, etc. have to be defined in a harmonized way. Deploying the Generic Component Model, systems and their components, underlying concepts and applied constraints must be formally modeled, strictly separating platform-independent from platform-specific models. Results: As HL7 Version 3 claims to represent the most successful standard for semantic interoperability, HL7 has been analyzed regarding the requirements for model-driven, service-oriented design of semantic interoperable information systems, thereby moving from a communication to an architecture paradigm. The approach is compared with advanced architectural approaches for information systems such as OMG’s CORBA 3 or EHR systems such as GEHR /openEHR and CEN EN 13606 Electronic Health Record Communication. Conclusion: HL7 Version 3 is maturing towards an architectural approach for semantic interoperability. Despite current differences, there is a close collaboration between the teams involved guaranteeing a convergence between competing approaches.
|Institutions:||Medicine > Zentren des Universitätsklinikums Regensburg > eHealth Competence Center|
|Keywords:||Health telematics; HL7; model-driven architecture; electronic health record architecture; semantic interoperability|
|Subjects:||600 Technology > 610 Medical sciences Medicine|
|Refereed:||Yes, this version has been refereed|
|Created at the University of Regensburg:||Unknown|
|Deposited On:||14 Oct 2008 12:32|
|Last Modified:||05 Aug 2009 13:46|