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Pathway to Support the Sustainable National Health Information System

  • Naiyana Sahavechaphan
  • Jedsada Phengsuwan
  • Suriya U-ruekolan
  • Kamron Aroonrua
  • Jukrapong Ponhan
  • Nattapon Harnsamut
  • Sornthep Vannarat
Conference paper

Abstract

Heath information across geographically distributed healthcare centers has been recognized as an essential resource that drives an efficient national health-care plan. There is thus a need for the National Health Information System (NHIS) that provides the transparent and secure access to health information from different healthcare centers both on demand and in a time efficient manner. As healthiness is the ultimate goal of people and nation, we believe that the NHIS should be sustainable by taking the healthcare center and information consumer perspectives into account. Several issues in particular must be resolved altogether: (i) the diversity of health information structures among healthcare centers; (ii) the availability of health information sharing from healthcare centers; (iii) the efficient information access to various healthcare centers; and (iv) the privacy and privilege of heath information. To achieve the sustainable NHIS, this paper details our work which is divided into 3 main phases. Essentially, the first phase focuses on the application of metadata standard to enable the interoperability and usability of health information across healthcare centers. The second phase moves forward to make information sharing possible and to provide an efficient information access to a large number of healthcare centers. Finally, in the third phase, the privacy and privilege of health information is promoted with respect to access rights of information consumers.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Naiyana Sahavechaphan
    • 1
  • Jedsada Phengsuwan
    • 1
  • Suriya U-ruekolan
    • 1
  • Kamron Aroonrua
    • 1
  • Jukrapong Ponhan
    • 1
  • Nattapon Harnsamut
    • 1
  • Sornthep Vannarat
    • 1
  1. 1.National Electronics and Computer Technology CenterBangkokThailand

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