HTB (Healthcare Transaction Base): Definitions

For Programmer

 HTB provides a collection of Healthcare specific Java objects (EJBs) designed specifically to assist programmers that are coding healthcare applications.  These Java objects are based on a Healthcare Specific Information Model called RIM designed by the HL7 organisation.  Practically what it means is that once a designer gives the programmer the object model for the particular requested functionality, the individual objects do not have to be built by the programmer as they already exist.  A programmer simply pulls it all together which after getting used to working this way it should mean increase in productivity, less bugs and better quality end applications.  In the context of the larger architecture, HTB will be the central single point of truth clinical database on top of which all healthcare applications will be built ensuring a single version of the truth.

For System Architect

HTB is a clinical data repository that allows you to standardise the representation of your clinical data using the HL7 RIM standard.  HTB is not a standalone system, it comes with the rest of the Oracle Development tools and all together they form a Healthcare specific development framework.  From an architecture perspective it allows a system architect to design a single clinical-data-aware-database where all clinical data gets harmonized and standardised and on top of that a system architect can then design the multiple healthcare applications the hospital needs with the principal of many applications, one single data source!  Also, because of the HL7 RIM standard, architects can tap into hundreds of men years of intellectual property development instead of recreating their own data model

For Medical doctor

HTB is a medical records repository that will help bring all clinical information that currently live in different systems together in one place.   Whilst this may sound easy, technically it is not easy at all. HTB will make it easier to bring the information together in a meaningful way rather then just dump it all in one database which technically is easier but doesn’t produce meaningful results!  Technical issues aside, at the end of the day HTB will hopefully mean better information about your patient at your fingertips when and where you need it.

-George Lemaris

~ by atjamil on April 27, 2007.

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