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A roadmap towards healthcare information systems interoperability in Greece, Journal of Telecommunications and Information Technology, 2006, nr 2


Koutsouris, Dimitris ; Berler, Alexander ; Tagaris, Anastassios ; Angelidis, Pantelis

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interoperability ; medical informatics standards ; regional healthcare information system ; HL7 ; medical codifications ; information and communication technologies developments in the healthcare


The advantages of the introduction of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the complex healthcare sector are already well known and well stated in the past. It is common knowledge that in order to install any type of information system in healthcare, six main groups of issues have to be dealt with: organizational and cultural matters related to healthcare, technological gap between healthcare professionals and information science experts, legal requirements on the confidentiality of personal data, of patient related data and on data privacy, industrial and market position of healthcare informatics and interoperability complexity, lack of vision and leadership of the health care managers and health authorities and user acceptability and usability of the proposed information systems. In order to meet these issues stated above, a special focus group (Z3) performed an assessment of the situation of healthcare informatics in Greece and of the main key points that would lead to success. In that sense it is now common knowledge that Greece is lagging information and communication technology progress in healthcare because almost none of the above mentioned issues were dealt with. This assessment is the result of the interaction of more than 150 decision makers, medical informaticians, healthcare practitioners and other individual involved in healthcare. As a conclusion, this focus group resulted in 4 major propositions that will lead to healthcare informatics introduction with better success chances: focus on terminologies and standards, focus on interoperability and information systems sustainability, focus on clear goals and system metrics that can create a healthcare performance management cockpit, and focus on people and what they have to say, by creating a e-health forum. These conclusions were taken into consideration by the Greek government and are incorporated the IASYS project, the national healthcare informatics framework for the next ten years.


Instytut Łączności - Państwowy Instytut Badawczy, Warszawa


2006, nr 2

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Journal of Telecommunications and Information Technology



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Biblioteka Naukowa Instytutu Łączności



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