Towards the Development of a National eHealth Interoperability Framework to Address Public Health Challenges in Greece
International Semantic Web Conference
Modern health systems depend on interaction between several cooperating actors. These include -amongst others -patients, caretakers, general practitioners, health specialists, pharmacies, laboratories, hospitals, clinics, insurance organizations, and research centers, from both public and private sectors. Interoperability of information and communication technology (ICT) systems is central for reliable and efficient collaboration between the involved actors. The purpose of the paper is to
... t the vision for the development of a national domain interoperability framework (DIF) for eHealth in Greece, within the context of the new European interoperability framework (EIF). The framework must be able to support current and future challenges, as the classical healthcare system is shifting towards early detection and home care monitoring to support personalized care. The objective is for public health in the country to benefit from its application, by setting the ground for making available comparable, clinically significant electronic health record (EHR) data (for both primary and secondary use), and by defining technical specifications for well-defined use cases, in a legitimate and standardized manner. Some relevant research limitations relate to consent management and semantic issues. Practical implications relate to European and country level compatibility, sustainability, as well as the readiness to address the continuously evolving interoperability. It becomes evident that in order to provide services for better citizen care and control over costs, the country has to make certain steps towards applying a national interoperability framework to accelerate transformation for a more sustainable health system.