Title: A federated interoperability architecture for health information systems

Authors: Mario Ciampi; Giuseppe De Pietro; Christian Esposito; Mario Sicuranza; Paolo Donzelli

Addresses: Institute for High Performance Computing and Networking (ICAR), National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Via Pietro Castellino, 111 – 80131 Napoli, Italy ' Institute for High Performance Computing and Networking (ICAR), National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Via Pietro Castellino, 111 – 80131 Napoli, Italy ' Institute for High Performance Computing and Networking (ICAR), National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Via Pietro Castellino, 111 – 80131 Napoli, Italy ' Institute for High Performance Computing and Networking (ICAR), National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Via Pietro Castellino, 111 – 80131 Napoli, Italy ' Department for the Digitization of Public Administration and Technological Innovation (DDI), Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Via Po, 14 – 00198 Roma, Italy

Abstract: The last decade has been characterised by the proliferation of several projects for integrating the already-existing health information systems so as to form national or transnational infrastructures for sharing medical data. This evolution is felt as a promising solution for improving the provided healthcare and reducing its costs by avoiding unnecessary examinations. However, such a vision comes with several challenging issues, in terms of interoperability and security. This paper presents an architecture for federating health information systems in a secure manner, and its concrete implementation. The quality of this implementation is assessed by means of several experiments for measuring the time needed for the retrieval and notification of documents.

Keywords: health information systems; interoperability; data sharing; web services; event notification; document retrieval; healthcare technology; security.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIPT.2013.058646

International Journal of Internet Protocol Technology, 2013 Vol.7 No.4, pp.189 - 202

Available online: 13 Jan 2014 *

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