Foundation for the Electronic Health Record: An ontological analysis of the HL7 Reference Information Model

In IFOMIS Reports. Saarbrücken: IFOMIS. pp. 1-14 (2004)
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Abstract

Despite the recent advances in information and communication technology that have increased our ability to store and circulate information, the task remains of ensuring that the right sorts of information reach the right sorts of people. In what follows we defend the thesis that efforts to develop efficient means for sharing information across healthcare systems and organizations would benefit from a careful analysis of human action in healthcare organizations, and that the communication of healthcare information and knowledge needs to rest on a sound ontology of social interaction. We illustrate this thesis in relation to the HL7 RIM, which is one centrally important tool for communication in the healthcare domain.

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Barry Smith
University at Buffalo

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