An ISO standard designed to achieve semantic interoperability in the electronic health record communication. It specifies the information models and vocabularies required for the interoperability of EHR systems. Initially developed by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), with the denomination EN 13606 (Electronic Health Record Communication), and is a subset/extract of the openEHR architecture (reference model).
ISO 13606 considers the EHR to be the persistent longitudinal and potentially multi-enterprise or multi-national record of health and care provision relating to a single subject of care (the patient), created and stored in one or more physical systems in order to inform the subject's future healthcare and to provide a medico-legal record of care that has been provided.
The standard consists of the following parts, under the general title Health informatics - Electronic health record communication:
ISO 13606 defines a rigorous and stable information architecture for communicating part or all of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) of a single subject of care (patient).
This is to support the interoperability of systems and components that need to communicate (access, transfer, add or modify) EHR data via electronic messages or as distributed objects; preserving the original clinical meaning intended by the author and reflecting the confidentiality of that data as intended by the author and patient.
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