Domain Modeling and Application Development of an Archetype- and XML-based EHRS : Practical Experiences and Lessons Learnt.

Kropf, Stefan; Chalopin, Chalopin; Lindner, Dirk; Denecke, Kerstin (2017). Domain Modeling and Application Development of an Archetype- and XML-based EHRS : Practical Experiences and Lessons Learnt. Applied Clinical Informatics, 8(2), pp. 660-679. PubMed Central 10.4338/ACI-2017-01-RA-0009

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Keywords Electronic health record, EHR standards, medical informatics applications, health infromation exchange, openEHR, XML Background Access to patient data within the hospital or between hospitals is still problematic since a variety of information systems is in use applying different vendor specific terminologies and underlying knowledge models. Beyond, the development of electronic health record systems (EHRSs) is time and resource consuming. Thus, there is a substantial need for a development strategy of standardized EHRSs. We are applying a reuse-oriented process model and demonstrate its feasibility and realization on a practical medical use case, which is an EHRS holding all relevant data arising in the context of treatment of tumors of the sella region. In this paper, we describe the development process and our practical experiences. Methods Requirements towards the development of the EHRS were collected by interviews with a neurosurgeon and patient data analysis. For modelling of patient data, we selected openEHR as standard and exploited the software tools provided by the openEHR foundation. The patient information model forms the core of the development process, which comprises the EHR generation and the implementation of an EHRS architecture. Moreover, a reuse-oriented process model from the business domain was adapted to the development of the EHRS. Results The reuse-oriented process model is a model for a suitable abstraction of both, modeling and development of an EHR centralized EHRS. The information modeling process resulted in 18 archetypes that were aggregated in a template and built the boilerplate of the model driven development. The EHRs and the EHRS were developed by openEHR and W3C standards, tightly supported by well-established XML techniques. The GUI of the final EHRS integrates and visualizes information from various examinations, medical reports, findings and laboratory test results. Conclusion We conclude that the development of a standardized overarching EHR and an EHRS is feasible using openEHR and W3C standards, enabling a high degree of semantic interoperability. The standardized representation visualizes data and can in this way support the decision process of clinicians.

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School of Engineering and Computer Science > Institute for Patient-centered Digital Health
School of Engineering and Computer Science


Kropf, Stefan;
Chalopin, Chalopin;
Lindner, Dirk and
Denecke, Kerstin0000-0001-6691-396X




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