Paris XML98: Dealing with the Electronic Patient Record variability: Object Oriented XML

Nicolas Silberzahn Nicolas at
Sat Aug 8 00:53:49 BST 1998


My presentation

   "Dealing with the Electronic Patient Record variability: Object Oriented 
   Presented on the workshop "SGML/XML in Healthcare", May 18th 1998
   accompanying the GCA SGML/XML Europe ´98 Conference Paris

is available at:


OOXML is new way to add behaviors to XML Documents: Much more powerfull 
than Stylesheets &  Much easier to build and maintain than core Java code.


The Electronic Patient Record (EPR) is complex, loosely structured, highly 
variable and unpredictable. It is therefore difficult to modelize. 
Traditional systems do not fully satisfy the demand for an EPR for clinical 
on-line use. The SGML-XML approach seems to satisfy the need of a data 
model able to capture the full range of clinical information in a format 
still suitable for automatic handling.
Unfortunately, the navigation among the record components relies to date on 
proposals that do not offer sufficient capabilities to deal with the EPR 
complexity and variability.
The Object Oriented XML that we propose, which considers each XML Element 
as an object that comes with its methods, could considerably increase the 
possibility of an XML document.

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