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Implementation and integration of regional health care data networks in the Hellenic National Health Service.

Lampsas P, Vidalis I, Papanikolaou C, Vagelatos A - J. Med. Internet Res. (2002)

Bottom Line: Modern health care is provided with close cooperation among many different institutions and professionals, using their specialized expertise in a common effort to deliver best-quality and, at the same time, cost-effective services.The regional health care data network is considered to be a critical infrastructure for further development and penetration of information and communication technologies in the Hellenic National Health System.Therefore, a technical approach was planned, in order to have a fast cost-effective implementation, conforming to certain specifications.

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Affiliation: Computer and Communications Engineering Department, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece. plampsas@uth.gr

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Background: Modern health care is provided with close cooperation among many different institutions and professionals, using their specialized expertise in a common effort to deliver best-quality and, at the same time, cost-effective services. Within this context of the growing need for information exchange, the demand for realization of data networks interconnecting various health care institutions at a regional level, as well as a national level, has become a practical necessity.

Objectives: To present the technical solution that is under consideration for implementing and interconnecting regional health care data networks in the Hellenic National Health System.

Methods: The most critical requirements for deploying such a regional health care data network were identified as: fast implementation, security, quality of service, availability, performance, and technical support.

Results: The solution proposed is the use of proper virtual private network technologies for implementing functionally-interconnected regional health care data networks.

Conclusions: The regional health care data network is considered to be a critical infrastructure for further development and penetration of information and communication technologies in the Hellenic National Health System. Therefore, a technical approach was planned, in order to have a fast cost-effective implementation, conforming to certain specifications.

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figure1: Schematic view of the proposed network infrastructure

Mentions: We use the term distribution network to describe the infrastructure of the ISP selected to implement the VPN solution in a specific region. Distribution network nodes are the points of presence of the ISP in that region. Related health care and administration units should be interconnected and should access the Internet through suitable telecommunication circuits terminating at the ISP's nodes. This will minimize the corresponding installation and maintenance costs of special equipment and specialized personnel. A schematic view of the proposed network infrastructure is shown in Figure 1. Another issue of significant importance is the existence of a suitable access network, ie, a local area network in the health care and administration units' premises, which is presupposed existent and not taken into account within the context of the present study.


Implementation and integration of regional health care data networks in the Hellenic National Health Service.

Lampsas P, Vidalis I, Papanikolaou C, Vagelatos A - J. Med. Internet Res. (2002)

Schematic view of the proposed network infrastructure
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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figure1: Schematic view of the proposed network infrastructure
Mentions: We use the term distribution network to describe the infrastructure of the ISP selected to implement the VPN solution in a specific region. Distribution network nodes are the points of presence of the ISP in that region. Related health care and administration units should be interconnected and should access the Internet through suitable telecommunication circuits terminating at the ISP's nodes. This will minimize the corresponding installation and maintenance costs of special equipment and specialized personnel. A schematic view of the proposed network infrastructure is shown in Figure 1. Another issue of significant importance is the existence of a suitable access network, ie, a local area network in the health care and administration units' premises, which is presupposed existent and not taken into account within the context of the present study.

Bottom Line: Modern health care is provided with close cooperation among many different institutions and professionals, using their specialized expertise in a common effort to deliver best-quality and, at the same time, cost-effective services.The regional health care data network is considered to be a critical infrastructure for further development and penetration of information and communication technologies in the Hellenic National Health System.Therefore, a technical approach was planned, in order to have a fast cost-effective implementation, conforming to certain specifications.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Computer and Communications Engineering Department, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece. plampsas@uth.gr

ABSTRACT

Background: Modern health care is provided with close cooperation among many different institutions and professionals, using their specialized expertise in a common effort to deliver best-quality and, at the same time, cost-effective services. Within this context of the growing need for information exchange, the demand for realization of data networks interconnecting various health care institutions at a regional level, as well as a national level, has become a practical necessity.

Objectives: To present the technical solution that is under consideration for implementing and interconnecting regional health care data networks in the Hellenic National Health System.

Methods: The most critical requirements for deploying such a regional health care data network were identified as: fast implementation, security, quality of service, availability, performance, and technical support.

Results: The solution proposed is the use of proper virtual private network technologies for implementing functionally-interconnected regional health care data networks.

Conclusions: The regional health care data network is considered to be a critical infrastructure for further development and penetration of information and communication technologies in the Hellenic National Health System. Therefore, a technical approach was planned, in order to have a fast cost-effective implementation, conforming to certain specifications.

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