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Workshop on Standardization in E-Health
Geneva, 23-25 May 2003


Architectures review for interoperability in e-health

Interoperability plays a key role for the provision of e-health services in an integrated way and has to be in mind from initial stages. Therefore, the issue of interoperability stands out as one that has the potential to positively impact many of the industry’s current technical needs in a significant way.

According to the definition of architecture from IEEE 1471-2000: ‘ The fundamental organization of a system embodied in its components, their relationships to each other, and to the environment, and the principles guiding its design and evolution’, it is commonly agreed that a good architectural description in the e-health field may be the tool to guarantee interoperability and quality of service since the inception stage of the system.

Some already existing standards or initiatives to standardise enterprise architectures (specially the part dealing with software architecture) applicable to the e-health field shall be reviewed: IEEE 1471-2000, TOGAF and Telemedicine System Interoperability Architecture.

Special attention shall be also paid to the issues where standards are needed in e-health / Telemedicine from a practical point of view, considering existing formal and de facto standards.

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