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Communication Standards for Health Care MIS

Communication Standards for Health Care MIS
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Author(s): Thomas Lucy-Bouler (Auburn University Montgomery, USA)and Dan Morgenstern (Auburn University Montgomery, USA)
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 2
Source title: Issues & Trends of Information Technology Management in Contemporary Organizations
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-39-6.ch083
ISBN13: 9781930708396
EISBN13: 9781466641358


Standards in the data and telecommunications industry provide the basis of system development for all network operating systems, e-commerce and electronic data interchange. Without these standards, data from one system would not be interpreted correctly on another. Standards, like the IEEE 802 series, which allow communications from any operating system to others via network connections, are crucial to business. Publishing these standards insures that no matter what manufacturer of data communications equipment is chosen, the interoperability of the equipment is not a problem. In health care, specifically hospitals, the different electronic systems that connect to real time information systems that provide doctors with timely information poses an almost overwhelming communications problem. Each piece of equipment that monitors a patient should be capable of electronic data interchange within the hospital’s network. Standards have been developed for the equipment that allows electronic data interchange. These standards are capable of providing a software developer the necessary tools that could allow for a fully integrated health care system that deal with the real time information on a patient’s status while in the hospital. Doctors could use this information to provide better medical care.

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