IFIP International Conference on Open Source Systems

OSS 2011: Open Source Systems: Grounding Research pp 338-347

Health Informatics: The Relevance of Open Source and Multilevel Modeling

  • Luciana T. Cavalini
  • Timothy W. Cook
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-24418-6_29

Volume 365 of the book series IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology (IFIPAICT)
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Cavalini L.T., Cook T.W. (2011) Health Informatics: The Relevance of Open Source and Multilevel Modeling. In: Hissam S.A., Russo B., de Mendonça Neto M.G., Kon F. (eds) Open Source Systems: Grounding Research. OSS 2011. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, vol 365. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


Health information features significant spatial-temporal and domain complexities, which brings challenges to the implementation of patient-centered, interoperable and semantically coherent healthcare information systems. This position paper supports the idea that the multilevel modeling approach is essential to ensure interoperability at the semantic level, but true interoperability is only achieved by the adoption of open standards, and open source implementations are needed for promote competition based on software quality. The Multilevel Healthcare Information Modelling (MLHIM) specifications are presented as the fully open source multilevel modeling reference implementation, and best practices for the development of multilevel-based open source healthcare applications are suggested.


Health informatics open source software multilevel modeling 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luciana T. Cavalini
    • 1
  • Timothy W. Cook
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Community HealthFluminense Federal University (UFF)NiteróiBrazil
  2. 2.National Institute of Science and TecnologyMedicine Assisted by Scientific Computing (INCT-MACC)Brazil