DIPS-EPJ 2: Facing the multi facet aspects in design and implementation of the “next generation” Electronic Patient Records

Description

In western health care service, there has been a paradigm shift related to the needs and expectations of ICT systems, and specially related to EPR systems a process- and decision support tool. Consequently, this addresses challenges for vendors’ in the development of ICT tools that can improve and support the standardization of various patient care pathways.

Primarily, the electronic patient record (EPR) has been a tool to document clinical assessments, treatment, and care afterwards. This research project focuses on the development of the next generation electronic patient journal systems based on structured clinical information (in this case openEHR archetypes), which allow reuse of clinical information, and process- and decision support as  the interaction with the patient occurs.

Empirical, the research project follows the FIKS (translated to Joint Implementation of Clinical Systems) program, which is one of the most ambitious ICT projects in Norwegian healthcare. The FIKS program is the organization of implementing new clinical ICT systems for all 11 hospitals in Helse Nord Authority. Initially, over 100 clinicians from different health professions and different geographical locations worked with the vendor to develop new EPR software/functionality. The program has a budget of 650 million NKR.

Goals

Primarily, the electronic patient record (EPR) has been a tool to document clinical assessments, treatment, and care afterwards. This research project focuses on the development of the next generation electronic patient journal systems based on structured clinical information (in this case openEHR archetypes), which allow reuse of clinical information, and process- and decision support as the interaction with the patient occurs.

Method

The project has a qualitative research approach focusing on the development, implementation and use of a structured electronic patient record (EPR), which allow reuse of clinical information, as well as process- and decision support for clinicians, managers and decision makers. By following the empirical process, the project aims to contributes with knowledge about the socio-technical - and organizational measures to enable structured EPR systems.

Project manager

Line Silsand Line Silsand

Project participant

Financing

Norges Forskningsråd

UiT Norges Arktiske Universitet

Theme

Services for health professionals

Project period

2012 - 2017

Last updated

23 August 2018