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J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2011 Jan-Feb;18(1):66-9. doi: 10.1136/jamia.2009.000216. Epub 2010 Nov 24.

Modeling shared care plans using CONTsys and openEHR to support shared homecare of the elderly.

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Health Informatics Centre, LIME, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.


This case report describes how two complementary standards, CONTsys (European Standard EN 13940-1 for continuity of care) and the reference model of openEHR, were applied in modeling a shared care plan for shared homecare based on requirements from the OLD@HOME project. Our study shows that these requirements are matched by CONTsys on a general level. However, certain attributes are not explicit in CONTsys, for example agents responsible for performing planned interventions, and support for monitoring outcome of interventions. We further studied how the care plan conceptual model can be implemented using the openEHR reference model. The study demonstrates the feasibility of developing shared care plans combining a standard concept model, for example CONTsys with an electronic health records (EHR) interoperability specification, that is the openEHR, while highlighting areas that need further exploration. It also explores the reusability of existing clinical archetypes as building blocks of care plans and the modeling of new shared care plan archetypes.

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