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INTRODUCTION Optimized workflows and communication between institutions involved in a patient's treatment process can lead to improved quality and efficiency in the healthcare sector. Electronic Health Records (EHRs) provide a patient-centered access to clinical data across institutional boundaries supporting the above mentioned aspects. Interoperability is(More)
OBJECTIVES In Austria, the general practitioner (GP) is the first point of contact for persons with health problems. Depending on the severity of the person's medical condition, a GP may refer her or him to a secondary care hospital consultant, who reports findings back to the GP in form of a paper-based discharge letter. Researchers report that paper-based(More)
Quality and efficiency of health care services is expected to be improved by the electronic processing and trans-institutional availability of medical data. A prototype architecture based on the IHE-XDS profile is currently being developed. Due to legal and organizational requirements specific adaptations to the IHE-XDS profile have been made. In this work(More)
"Electronic health services are important" the EU commission stated in the E-Health action plan. By these means access to health care can be improved and the quality and effect of the offered medical services can be increased. By introducing the e-card in Austria, an overall link-up of nearly all health service providers of the external sector (e.g. family(More)
Electronic Health Record (EHR) is the heart element of any e-health system, which aims at improving the quality and efficiency of healthcare through the use of information and communication technologies. The sensitivity of the data contained in the health record poses a great challenge to security. In this paper we propose a security architecture for EHR(More)
INTRODUCTION The ubiquitous availability of medical or care data for authorized clinicians and nurses is expected to increase quality while reducing costs in the health care sector. The standardized, distributed provision of medical or care data is capable to support the vision of patient centered shared electronic health records (SEHRs). A main(More)
Electronic Health Record (EHR) is apromising concept to collect and manage electronic health information of all citizens. Integration the Heathcare Enterprise (IHE) wasone of the first initiativesthat aims at standardizing the wayhealthcare systems exchanging information in ad istributed environment. Based on EHR concepts and IHE profiles different(More)
Quality and efficiency of healthcare services is expected to be improved by the electronic processing and transinstitutional availability of medical data. A prototype architecture based on the IHE-XDS profile is currently being developed aiming at providing a basis for a distributed electronic health record in Austria. Due to legal and organizational(More)
The interconnection of medical networks in different healthcare institutions will be constantly increasing over the next few years, which will require concepts for securing medical data during transfer, since transmitting patient related data via potentially insecure public networks is considered a violation of data privacy. The aim of our work was to(More)