Exchanging Appointment Data Among Healthcare Institutions

Kyburz, Philip; Gfeller, Sascha; Bürkle, Thomas; Denecke, Kerstin (2019). Exchanging Appointment Data Among Healthcare Institutions Studies in health technology and informatics, 260, pp. 33-40. 10.3233/978-1-61499-971-3-33

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The introduction of national electronic patient records such as the electronic patient dossier EPD in Switzerland provides a new basis for digitizing healthcare processes at a national level. One process however, that is currently neglected within the Swiss EPD, is the scheduling process in healthcare. The objective of this work is to analyze the appointment scheduling process and the involved IT systems in order to develop an appointment data structure and a concept for cross-institutional exchange of appointment data. The analysis showed that various outpatient and inpatient information systems support appointment booking through proprietary solutions. A true standard for appointment data exchange is missing. We suggest an appointment data structure and a corresponding data exchange process based on the FHIR standard. In its current implementation, the Swiss EPD does not support this proposed appointment scheduling process. We discuss how potential additions such as the IHE Care Services Discovery (CSD) profile can provide better compatibility.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

Engineering and Information Technology > Institut für Medizininformatik I4MI
Engineering and Information Technology

Name:

Kyburz, Philip;
Gfeller, Sascha;
Bürkle, Thomas and
Denecke, Kerstin

ISSN:

1879-8365

Language:

English

Submitter:

Kerstin Denecke

Date Deposited:

26 Nov 2019 08:29

Last Modified:

29 Jan 2020 11:23

Publisher DOI:

10.3233/978-1-61499-971-3-33

PubMed ID:

31118316

Uncontrolled Keywords:

FHIR appointment cross-institutional data exchange scheduling

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.9014

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/9014

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