European EMR Market Discussed in New Insightful Report by Kalorama Information27 Nov 2012 • by Natalie Aster
The products developed by different vendors may use different clinical standards for medical vocabularies. Further, the standards required for other activities such as user identification and patient tracking, are not used by vendors in a uniform way that permits efficient data entry and retrieval. This implies that a user would have to open a chain of applications pertaining to the contributing component to view the entire patient record. Moreover, the user would also be required to log- in and out every time he or she switches from one application to other.
According to the report “EMR in Europe” by Kalorama Information, in a practical situation at an inpatient setting, the electronic data from the various components is usually printed and converted into a paper record. The user receives the data in electronic or written form and updates the patient’s record accordingly. If new data from the components are available electronically, then old data can be updated and specific alerts, such as medication allergies can be added to the record accordingly. However, the clinician may not be notified about such updates unless he or she enters into the ancillary system. Additionally, the disparate data cannot be combined into integrated displays, such as flow sheets for clinical analysis.
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If the clinician can access the patient data stored in a semantic form, he or she will be able to obtain a list of patients diagnosed with a specific condition linked to another list of patients diagnosed with a similar condition. This is possible due to developments in the semantic web technologies, which can link medical conditions that are coded as synonymous terms. This type of data may be useful for research.
An integrated architecture is created to facilitate the sharing of data across systems. The systems can store their data locally. A system (or system user) must be accessible to another system in order to share patient information. It can also transmit a copy of the file to the other system. As the file is identified for sharing, it can be integrated with other files, but it depends upon the interoperability level between the integrating systems.
More information can be found in the report “EMR in Europe” by Kalorama Information.
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