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J Clin Monit Comput. 2012 Aug;26(4):295-304. doi: 10.1007/s10877-012-9360-2. Epub 2012 May 22.

Implementation of a standards-based anaesthesia record compliant with the health level 7 (HL7) clinical document architecture (CDA).

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Informatics CIS Ltd, Glasgow, UK.


With the increasing use of anaesthesia information management systems (AIMS) there is the opportunity for different institutions to aggregate and share information both nationally and internationally. Potential uses of such aggregated data include outcomes research, benchmarking and improvement in clinical practice and patient safety. However, these goals can only be achieved if data contained in records from different sources are truly comparable and there is semantic inter-operability. This paper describes the development of a standard terminology for anaesthesia and also a Domain Analysis Model and implementation guide to facilitate a standard representation of AIMS records as extensible markup language documents that are compliant with the Health Level 7 Version 3 clinical document architecture. A representation of vital signs that is compliant with the International Standards Organization 11073 standard is also discussed.

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