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A Context-Specific Mediating Schema Approach for Information Exchange between Heterogeneous Hospital Systems


Surendra Sarnikar


University of Arizona - Eller College of Management

Amar Gupta


Pace University - The Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems

December 7, 2006

Eller College of Management Working Paper No. 1039-06

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Secure and seamless exchange of electronic patient care information among heterogeneous interoperable systems is an important goal for future healthcare information systems. However, fast and efficient exchange of information between heterogeneous healthcare systems is inhibited by the variations in the data models used to define patient care records, and the prohibitive costs associated with standardization and software upgrades. In this paper, we analyze the factors impeding the adoption of interoperable healthcare systems and propose the use of a mediating schema-based approach that can enable interoperability and also minimizes the impact of the factors impeding factors. The proposed mechanism uses context specific mediating schemas for data translation and can enable the seamless exchange of electronic patient care records between different healthcare systems. Our approach builds on existing technologies and is specifically adapted to the healthcare context. We illustrate the viability of our approach using a scenario relating to pre-hospital to hospital information exchange.

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Keywords: Mediating Schema, Electronic Patient Care Records, Heterogeneous Hospital Systems, Information Exchange

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Date posted: December 8, 2006  

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Sarnikar, Surendra and Gupta, Amar, A Context-Specific Mediating Schema Approach for Information Exchange between Heterogeneous Hospital Systems (December 7, 2006). Eller College of Management Working Paper No. 1039-06. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=950281 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.950281

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Surendra Sarnikar (Contact Author)
University of Arizona - Eller College of Management ( email )
McClelland Hall
P.O. Box 210108
Tucson, AZ 85721-0108
United States
Amar Gupta
Pace University - The Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems ( email )
163 William Street
New York, NY 10038
United States
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