Possibly the most important requirement to support co-operative work among health professionals and institutions is the ability of sharing EHRs in a meaningful way, and it is widely acknowledged that standardization of data and concepts is a prerequisite to achieve semantic interoperability in any domain. Different international organizations are working on the definition of EHR architectures but the lack of tools that implement them hinders their broad adoption. In this paper we present ResearchEHR, a software platform whose objective is to facilitate the practical application of EHR standards as a way of reaching the desired semantic interoperability. This platform is not only suitable for developing new systems but also for increasing the standardization of existing ones. The work reported here describes how the platform allows for the edition, validation, and search of archetypes, converts legacy data into normalized, archetypes extracts, is able to generate applications from archetypes and finally, transforms archetypes and data extracts into other EHR standards. We also include in this paper how ResearchEHR has made possible the application of the CEN/ISO 13606 standard in a real environment and the lessons learnt with this experience.
Maldonado JA, Costa CM, Moner D, Menárguez-Tortosa M, Boscá D, Miñarro Giménez JA, et al. Using the ResearchEHR platform to facilitate the practical application of the EHR standards. J Biomed Inform [Internet]. 2011 Nov 28;In Press, Accepted Manuscript. Available from: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1532046411001924