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The TextBase project - Implementation of a base level message supporting electronic patient record transfer in English general practice

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Nick Booth


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The TextBase project is a laboratory experiment to assess the feasibility of a common exchange format for sending a transcription of the contents of the Electronic Patient Record (EPR) between different general practices, when patients move from one practice to another in the NHS in England. The project was managed using a partnership arrangement between the four EPR systems vendors who agreed to collaborate and the project team. It lasted one year and consisted of an iterative design process followed by creation of message generation and reading modules within the collaborating EPR systems according to a software requirement specification created by the project team. The paper describes the creation of a common record display format, the implementation of transfer using a floppy disk in the lab, and considers the further barriers before a national implementation might be achieved.

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Author(s): Booth N, Jain NL, Sugden B

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Annual Symposium of the American Medical Informatics Association

Year of Conference: 1999

Pages: 691-695

ISSN: 1067-5027

Publisher: BMJ Group

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

Series Title: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association

ISBN: 1527974X