Development of a provisional domain model for the nursing process for use within the Health Level 7 Reference Information Model

Development of a provisional domain model for the nursing process for use within the Health Level 7 Reference Information Model

Author Goossen, William TF Google Scholar
Ozbolt, Judy G. Google Scholar
Coenen, Amy Google Scholar
Park, Hyeoun-Ae Google Scholar
Mead, Charles Google Scholar
Ehnfors, Margareta Google Scholar
Marin, Heimar F. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Acquest Res & Dev
Vanderbilt Univ
Univ Iowa
ICN Geneva
Univ Wisconsin
Seoul Natl Univ
HL7 Modeling & Methodol Tech Comm
Oracle Corp
Univ Orebro
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Johns Hopkins Univ
Abstract Objective: Since 1999, the Nursing Terminology Summits have promoted the development, evaluation, and use of reference terminology for nursing and its integration into comprehensive health care data standards. the use of such standards to represent nursing knowledge, terminology, processes, and information in electronic health records will enhance continuity of care, decision support, and the exchange of comparable patient information. As part of this activity, working groups at the 2001, 2002, and 2003 Summit Conferences examined how to represent nursing information in the Health Level 7 (HL7) Reference Information Model (RIM).Design: the working groups represented the nursing process as a dynamic sequence of phases, each containing information specific to the activities of the phase. They used Universal Modeling Language (UML) to represent this domain knowledge in models. An Activity Diagram was used to create a dynamic model of the nursing process. After creating a structural model of the information used at each stage of the nursing process, the working groups mapped that information to the HL7 RIM. They used a hierarchical structure for the organization of nursing knowledge as the basis for a hierarchical model for Findings about the patient. the modeling and mapping reported here were exploratory and preliminary not exhaustive or definitive. the intent was to evaluate the feasibility of representing some types of nursing information consistently with HL7 standards.Measurements: the working groups conducted a small-scale validation by testing examples of nursing terminology against the HL7 RIM class Observation.Results: It was feasible to map patient information from the proposed models to the RIM class Observation. Examples illustrate the models and the mapping of nursing terminology to the HL7 RIM.Conclusion: It is possible to model and map nursing information into the comprehensive health care information model, the HL7 RIM. These models must evolve and undergo further validation by clinicians. the integration of nursing information, terminology, and processes in information models is a first step toward rendering nursing information machine-readable in electronic patient records and messages. An eventual practical result, after much more development, would be to create computable, structured information for nursing documentation.
Language English
Date 2004-05-01
Published in Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Philadelphia: Hanley & Belfus Inc, v. 11, n. 3, p. 186-194, 2004.
ISSN 1067-5027 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Hanley & Belfus Inc
Extent 186-194
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000221546700005

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