HEALTH one meets the standard of a Good Electronic Health care Record

Evere 07 November 1998 During the Conference on Electronic Patient Records in Medical Practice (EPRiMP), held in Rotterdam last October, the HEALTH one system was presented by the Health Data Management Partners, an international company based in Evere, near Brussels. Since 1986, HDMP is specialized in the research, development, distribution and service of an Electronic Medical Record, featuring all the elements required by the European project's Good Electronic Health care Record (GEHR). Flexibility, portability, security and a solid clinical content constitute the major characteristics of the HEALTH one record which equally incorporates all of the European Standard concepts on Electronic Health care Record Architecture.

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During the Conference on Electronic Patient Records in Medical Practice (EPRiMP), held in Rotterdam last October, the HEALTH one system was presented by the Health Data Management Partners, an international company based in Evere, near Brussels. Since 1986, HDMP is specialized in the research, development, distribution and service of an Electronic Medical Record, featuring all the elements required by the European project's Good Electronic Health care Record (GEHR). Flexibility, portability, security and a solid clinical content constitute the major characteristics of the HEALTH one record which equally incorporates all of the European Standard concepts on Electronic Health care Record Architecture.

The HEALTH one application is used in hospitals, clinics, doctor's practices and health institutions to assign each individual patient with an electronic health care record to which his personal medical data is written. Every single interaction of the patient with a physician, specialist or health care provider is being considered as a transaction and as such stored on the electronic medical record (EMR) which also contains technical examinations. Each transaction comprises a number of items which detail the encounter. The HEALTH one EMR is principally designed to enable and ensure optimal medical follow-up of the patient and to focus on fully integrated clinical care instead of simple administrative management.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software is conquering the health care sector while intensive collaboration between hospital units and facilities seems to become the new creed. The current evolution turns the HEALTH one system into a multi-faceted tool to be applied for drug prescription; automatic integration of laboratory and radiology protocols; integration of text and medical images; quick search and retrieval of health care records; functional analysis of one or more health care records; writing and printing of documents, reports and certificates; displaying numeric data in a chart or pictorial format; and exporting and importing health care records. The use of Extensible Markup Language (XML) in the HEALTH one system will help to create information formats for display on intranets and the World Wide Web.

The health care provider has to distinguish between items and terms in the EMR, terms being the content for the basic unit of information formed by the item. The term 75, for instance, constitutes a possible content for the item "weight". For both the item and term values, the HEALTH one system provides dictionaries, which are respectively accessible via the item and term selectors. The items can be grouped into customisable sequences in order to avoid the tedious entry of the same input over again. As part of the item, HEALTH one offers the physician the possibility to integrate all sorts of multimedia information, including text, video, digitized or scanned images, electronic drawings and sound recordings.

The strength of the EMR tool lies in its ability to provide the physician with quick and accurate analysis of patient data for diagnostic purposes. HDMP has designed HEALTH one with features to display numerical data in grids and thus present the chronological evolution of pre-selected values for one person or for a group of patients. Medical data can be collected remotely on a portable computer and automatically integrated in the patient's main file. In multi-lingual health care settings, HEALTH one translates the EMR data in all major European languages. The system incorporates different levels of validation authorization and security identification in order to protect the confidentiality and privacy of the patient data. The HEALTH one system can run on workstations equipped with Windows95 & 98 and Windows NT.


Leslie Versweyveld

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