The European project for the development of a standard, open architecture for hospital information systems
RICHE — Réseau d’Information et de Comunication Hopitalier Européen. In this paper we present the main characteristics of RICHE, the European project carried out by a Consortium of hospitals, specialised IT companies and manufacturers, for the design and development of a standard, open architecture for hospital information systems.
The paper is organised as follows:
In the first section we present the fundamental RICHE’s objectives and the underlying requirements of the users, in terms of standardisation in medical informatics, which the project is dealing with.
The second section presents the overall methodological considerations and framework, which has been adopted for the project, considering a formal methodological approach as one of the major success factors of a complex, international initiative like RICHE.
In section four we outline the main results of the project up to the end of April 1990, and the subsequent evolution guide-lines.
Finally, in the fourth chapter, we discuss the principal concepts of the RICHE architecture, in terms of application areas and functional modules.
KeywordsHospital Information System Medical Informatics Open Architecture Healthcare Information System Conceptual Design Phase
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