Achieving Personalized Interoperable Patient Information Systems;benefits & challenges in Swedish context

University essay from Blekinge Tekniska Högskola/COM

Abstract: Due to a rapid increase in aging population, demand for personalized health care increases proportionally. Personalized patient data can be a helpful way of catering the needs and requirements of elderly people staying at home. Indirectly, it can be a manner of providing better eHealth services according to their needs. Another interesting aspect of providing better personalized eHealth services is to make patient information systems interoperable. Interoperability of eHealth systems is an issue of great concern to current research and development but in this study, we focus on patient information systems. Like in some other European countries, introduction of open source platform to achieve interoperability and personalization of patient information system could save money for health care organizations and make the procedure easier in Sweden also. The purpose of this study is to identify what standards are available for interoperability and what are the benefits and challenges of introducing open source systems for achieving personalized interoperable patient information systems (PIPIS). In light of this investigation, author has identified the benefits and challenges of introducing OSS for achieving PIPIS. Author has also made several recommendations regarding the challenges identified.

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