Tomorrow’s Integrated Care: Interoperability Testing in Guideline-driven Cardiac Telemonitoring

Chronaki, Catherine E. and Sfakianakis, Stelios and Petrakis, Yannis and Charalambakis, George and Hinterbuchner, Lynne and Radulescu, Mihai and Mulrenin, Bob and Lüpkes, Christian and Eichelberg, Marco and Arbelo, Elena and Kabak, Yildiray and Laleci, Gokce and Dogac, Asuman
Proceedings IHIC 2011
Certain types of heart disease such as sudden cardiac death or different stages of heart failure are treated by implanted electrical device. Advances in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) allow tele-monitoring of implanted devices, event monitoring, and communication of alarms. Electronic Health Records (EHR) and to some extend Personal Health Records (PHRs) along with professional guidelines, expert consensus on evidence based care, provide support for e-visits and remote patient follow-up. For tomorrow’s integrated care, empowering cross-organizational care teams assumes technical and organizational interoperability that requires integrated ICT systems for providing the right information, to the right person(s), at the right time. Integration testing of software components to ensure interoperability is one of the challenges addressed by the iCARDEA project. iCARDEA uses IHE profiles to integrate data from the implanted cardiac devices, EHRs, and PHRs and enable decision support based on semi-automated guideline-driven personalized care protocols. This paper presents the iCARDEA component testing and evaluation approach based on off-the-shelf testing tools and reflects on testing for plug-n-play interoperability: the tools and the standards needed to support tomorrow’s integrated care.
3 / 2011
HL7 International
An Intelligent Platform for Personalized Remote Monitoring of the Cardiac Patients with Electronic Implant Devices