Information Technology for Medical Appropriateness Through Support Algorithms and Recovery of Patients’ Clinical History

Enrico Serracca, Marco Brambilla, Tito Poli, Elena Martinelli

Abstract

In the health sector, the current intention of the Ministry of Health and of the Italian Government is to decrease healthcare squandering, to invest in research and to support the NHS. In this context the theme of appropriateness of treatment is essential; in fact the Health Ministry is committed to establish guidelines for the appropriateness of prescription, indicating the "conditions of provision" and "indications of appropriateness". A number of key actors however complain that this approach, along with others (e.g. multifaceted educational programs, electronic systems of frequency filtering, such as limiting the number of available tests to the requesting physicians) lead to uncertain and often ineffective results. This work highlights how the adoption and use of Information Technology (IT) in clinical settings is contributing to the optimization of NHS resources and to the governance of the healthcare delivery activities, in particular for the management and control of appropriateness of care. As an example, the adoption of a computerized alerting system by the University Hospital of Parma has brought out significant results. System integration through standard protocols such as HL7, fully normalized data repositories that univocally identify patients, diagnosis and health service provided are crucial in the healthcare context.

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in Harvard Style

Serracca E., Brambilla M., Poli T. and Martinelli E. (2016). Information Technology for Medical Appropriateness Through Support Algorithms and Recovery of Patients’ Clinical History . In Proceedings of the 9th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 5: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2016) ISBN 978-989-758-170-0, pages 426-431. DOI: 10.5220/0005816504260431


in Bibtex Style

@conference{healthinf16,
author={Enrico Serracca and Marco Brambilla and Tito Poli and Elena Martinelli},
title={Information Technology for Medical Appropriateness Through Support Algorithms and Recovery of Patients’ Clinical History},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 9th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 5: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2016)},
year={2016},
pages={426-431},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0005816504260431},
isbn={978-989-758-170-0},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 9th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 5: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2016)
TI - Information Technology for Medical Appropriateness Through Support Algorithms and Recovery of Patients’ Clinical History
SN - 978-989-758-170-0
AU - Serracca E.
AU - Brambilla M.
AU - Poli T.
AU - Martinelli E.
PY - 2016
SP - 426
EP - 431
DO - 10.5220/0005816504260431