Integrating a New Dietetic Care Process in a Health Information System: A System and Process Analysis and Assessment

Gabriele Gäbler, Deborah Lycett, Walter Gall

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    Abstract

    Managing routinely collected data in health care and public health is important for evaluation of interventions and answering research questions using “real life” and ”big data”. In addition to the technical requirements of information systems, both standardized terminology and standardized processes are needed. The aim of this project was to analyse and assess the integration of standardized terminology and document templates for a dietetic care process (DCP) into the health information system (HIS) in a hospital in Austria. Using an action research approach, the DCP was analysed through four expert interviews and the integration into the HIS through two expert interviews with observations. Key strengths and weaknesses for the main criteria (“integration of the ICF catalogue”, “adaption of the document templates”, “adaption of the DCP”, and the “adaption of the user authorizations”) were presented and proposals for improvement given. The system and process integration of the DCP is possible, and the document templates can be adapted with the software currently in use. Although an increase in resources and finances required is to be expected initially, the integration of a standardized dietetic terminology in combination with a standardized process is likely to improve the quality of care and support outcomes management and research.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number2491
    Number of pages14
    JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
    Volume19
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2022

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    Copyright: © 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by/ 4.0/).

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    Keywords

    • International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF)-Dietetics
    • clinical documentation
    • electronic health record
    • health information system
    • nutrition and dietetics
    • standardized terminology

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