Patient empowerment in the digitalized healthcare can be supported by means of telemedicine. As opposed to Electronic Patient Records developed by a few large business suppliers for healthcare professionals, telemedical applications include innovative solutions of small-medium size suppliers and are targeted at specific groups of patients (e.g., hip operated or dermatology patients) and their care network. Based on an integration experiment we argue that in order to support the national visions for patient empowerment and connectedness of healthcare at the same time, it is necessary to achieve the integration of telemedicine to the national healthcare services on a business logic (functional) integration level. In this paper, (1) we identify the lack of business logic (functional) level integration opportunities for patient oriented telemedical applications with national healthcare services; (2) we summarize on processes, products and organizations which are part of the integration procedure and provide places for shortening the time-to-market of SMBs. (3) we identify the need of supporting telemedicine uptake by extending access rights policies of the confidential patient data to decentralized citizens level access control.
Telemedicine; Integration; Presentation Level Integration; Decentralized Access Control; Shared Medicine Card; Security Policy; National Healthcare Services; Time-to-Market; Small-Medium Size Businesses
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International Conference on Health Informatics, 2012