Integration and Interoperability of Orders and Results of Clinical Laboratory Tests Using HL7 and Smart Cell Phones

Start Date: 2010    End Date: 2010
Keywords: HL7 Standards, Medical Informatics, Normalized Medical Informatics, Semantic Interoperability of Electronic Health Information, Clinical Laboratory Tests, Informatics applied to Health Care
Members: Gabriel Tamura (project leader)

Main Objective

The main purpose of this project is to increase the efficacy, efficiency and cost-opportunity, in human-health terms, of the healthcare and tracking of patients’ clinical state through the development of a comprehensive implementation of the proof-of-concept software system described in section 1, initially in the context of the Imbanaco Medical Center, and as a basis for the Colombian HL7 Laboratory Use Case Technical Committee. The proposed system should be able of sending alert notifications to medical doctors through smart cell phones via SMS, together with a web system for ordering these kinds of tests and for publishing their detailed results, as well as the corresponding patients’ state, accessible from smart cell phones through WAP or other HCIs (Human Computer Interfaces).


Nowadays medical doctors need to be in continuous movement from one place to another, attending multiple clinical cases and patients. But at the same time, despite of this permanent movement, they need to be continuously tracking the evolution of their many patients in critical state, ordering clinical laboratory and other kind of tests, and being pending of their results to make decisions about their patient’s clinical treatment.

In this situation, medical doctors face attention-stress and several potential problems may arise, derived from the criticality and opportunity of the laboratory tests ordering and corresponding receipt of tests results, as well as the prompt attention of patients in critical state.

This project is being proposed by the Icesi University with the participation of the Imbanaco Medical Center (CMI) as subject of deployment and test. The Icesi University will provide the researchers in computing, informatics and HL7 areas, and two software developers (systems engineering students in graduation project or near-graduation); the Medical Center will provide the context and infrastructure of deployment and application for the proof-of-concept of the software to be developed, as well as the access to medical equipment for performing laboratory tests and the environment to develop the interfaces to gather the laboratory tests results, the LIMS and HIS contextual applications, the participation of its Informatics Department people, medical doctors, and at least one software developer. This document presents, in annexes, the activity diagrams for the current and proposed processes.


Icesi University and Centro Medico Imbanaco