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Xiao, Liang and Cousins, Grainne and Courtney, Brenda and Hederman, Lucy and Fahey, Tom and Dimitrov, Borislav D. (2011) Developing an electronic health record (EHR) for methadone treatment recording and decision support. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making , 11 , (5) .

URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC303955...

BACKGROUND: In this paper, we give an overview of methadone treatment in Ireland and outline the rationale for designing an electronic health record (EHR) with extensibility, interoperability and decision support functionality. Incorporating several international standards, a conceptual model applying a problem orientated approach in a hierarchical structure has been proposed for building the EHR.

METHODS: A set of archetypes has been designed in line with the current best practice and clinical guidelines which guide the information-gathering process. A web-based data entry system has been implemented, incorporating elements of the paper-based prescription form, while at the same time facilitating the decision support function.

RESULTS: The use of archetypes was found to capture the ever changing requirements in the healthcare domain and externalises them in constrained data structures. The solution is extensible enabling the EHR to cover medicine management in general as per the programme of the HRB Centre for Primary Care Research.

CONCLUSIONS: The data collected via this Irish system can be aggregated into a larger dataset, if necessary, for analysis and evidence-gathering, since we adopted the openEHR standard. It will be later extended to include the functionalities of prescribing drugs other than methadone along with the research agenda at the HRB Centre for Primary Care Research in Ireland.


Item Type:Article
Publisher:BioMed Central
Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care administration > Health care quality control
N Communication, information and education > Information technology / Digital
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Patient care management
HJ Treatment method > Substance disorder treatment method > Substance replacement method (substitution) > Methadone maintenance

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