Electronic health record information system
Client: National Health Service (NHS).
Purpose of EHR information system is to act as national-level technology tool to record and store electronically health information – the patient’s electronic health record maintenance at the national level. Also EHR establishes availability of this information in treatment process and creates a platform for a fundamentally new type of health data processing.
EHR IS will store the patient’s key medical information, which is necessary for collaboration and data exchange between medical institutions, such as information on allergies, chronic diseases, medication, consolidated statements of diagnosis and treatment history.
The primary beneficiaries of EHR IS are patients and medical personnel, which provides direct treatment services to patients, because they will have full information about the health status of patients to make informed decisions on treatment process or prevention measures.
EHR implementation results in following benefits:
Improved individual’s access to health information
Patients will get access to EHR functionality IS patients will have access via e-health portal. Patients will be able to obtain information about their health state, review EHR records (diagnoses, prescriptions and investigations data, etc.), accumulated in a convenient and user friendly way to get an overview of their healthcare events as well as participate more fully in their healthcare process.
Healthcare Effectiveness increase
The system will give healthcare providers fast and efficient access to patient data. The solution also helps to reduce the time required for decisions on treatment process and reduce the number of errors that occurs during multiple manual data entry in various IS. Health care practitioners will have access to patient data, according to EHR- defined authorization levels.
Health care data security and reliability improvements
EHR IS will provide security and reliability of patient health information. The system reduces the risks associated with inaccurate transfer of information, such as medical records, handwriting recognition and verbal communication (doctor may instruct patients on medication, but the patient misses of forgets these instructions). To achieve this objective, status of EHR information must be unambiguous, legal and undeniable. This is planned to achieve by dividing EHR data into basic data block and a dynamic data block with a different content and status as well as by separating data sources.
Provision of data for healthcare administration process
EHR data will be used in the process of healthcare administration, decision-making and reduction of excess costs.
One of key EHR implementation objectives is gradual replacement of paper-based document flow with creation of single electronic medical record for healthcare case and establishes data reusability by different information systems.
EHR IS provides access for patient and medical staff to various patients’ medical records:
- Family doctor and specialist visits;
- Emergency medical assistance calls;
- Hospital treatment;
- Clinical tests;
- Epidemiological surveillance.
Also, in impersonated form EHR IS data is used for:
- Industry statistics and analytics;
- Monitoring and control activities;
- Cooperation between EU countries within defined frameworks.
System is built using following technologies:
HL7 and HL7 CDA. NET, Java, MS SQL Server, XML, XSLT, WCF, WS *, SOAP, MDHT, C#.