A Secure Semantic Interoperability Infrastructure for Inter-Enterprise Sharing of Electronic Healthcare Records

Boniface M., Watkins E. R. , Saleh A., Dogac A., Eichelberg M.

4th HealthGrid Conference, Valencia, Spain, 7 - 09 June 2006, vol.120, pp.225-227 identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 120
  • City: Valencia
  • Country: Spain
  • Page Numbers: pp.225-227


Healthcare professionals need access to accurate and complete healthcare records for effective assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients. The non-interoperability of healthcare information systems means that inter-enterprise access to a patient's history over many distributed encounters is difficult to achieve. The ARTEMIS project has developed a secure semantic web service infrastructure for the interoperability of healthcare information systems. Healthcare professionals share services and medical information using a web service annotation and mediation environment based on functional and clinical semantics derived from healthcare standards. Healthcare professionals discover medical information about individuals using a patient identification protocol based on pseudonymous information. The management of care pathways and access to medical information is based on a well-defined business process allowing healthcare providers to negotiate collaboration and data access agreements within the context of strict legislative frameworks.