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Standards [CURRENT]

DIN EN ISO 21549-2
Health informatics - Patient healthcard data - Part 2: Common objects (ISO 21549-2:2014); English version EN ISO 21549-2:2014

Title (German)

Medizinische Informatik - Patientendaten auf Karten im Gesundheitswesen - Teil 2: Gemeinsame Elemente (ISO 21549-2:2014); Englische Fassung EN ISO 21549-2:2014


With a more mobile population, greater healthcare delivery in the community and at patients' homes, together with a growing demand for improved quality of ambulatory care, portable information systems and stores have increasingly been developed and used. Such devices are used for tasks ranging from identification, through portable medical record files, and on to patient-transportable monitoring systems. The functions of such devices are to carry and to transmit person-identifiable information between themselves and other systems; therefore, during their operational lifetime they may share information with many technologically different systems which differ greatly in their functions and capabilities. Healthcare administration increasingly relies upon similar automated identification systems. For instance prescriptions may be automated and data exchange carried out at a number of sites using patient transportable computer readable devices. Healthcare insurers and providers are increasingly involved in cross-region care, where reimbursement may require automated data exchange between dissimilar healthcare systems. The advent of remotely accessible databases and support systems has led to the development and use of "Healthcare Person" identification devices that are also able to perform security functions and transmit digital signatures to remote systems via networks. With the growing use of data cards for practical everyday healthcare delivery, the need has arisen for a standardized data format for interchange. The person related data carried by a data card can be categorized in three broad types: identification (of the device itself and the individual to whom the data it carries relates), and administrative and clinical data. It is important to realize that a given healthcare data card "de facto" has to contain device data and identification data and may in addition contain administrative and clinical data. It is specified that device data include the following: - identification of the device itself; - identification of the functions and functioning capabilities of the device. Identification data may include: - unique identification of the device holder or of all other persons to whom the data carried by the device are related. Administrative data may include: - complementary person(s) related data; - identification of the funding of healthcare, whether public or private, and their relationships that are insurer(s), contract(s) and policy(ies) or types of benefits; - other data (distinguishable from clinical data) that are necessary for the purpose of healthcare delivery. Clinical data may include: - items that provide information about health and health events; - their appraisal and labelling by a healthcare provider (HCP); - related actions planned, requested or performed. Because a data card essentially provides specific answers to definite queries while having at the same time a need to optimize the use of memory by avoiding redundancies "high level" Object Modelling Technique (OMT) has been applied with respect to the definition of healthcare data card data structures. Data in the four categories above share many features. For instance, each may need to include ID numbers, names and dates. Some information may also have clinical as well as administrative uses. Therefore it has been considered inadequate to provide a simple list of items carried by healthcare data cards without applying a generic organization, based upon the existence of basic data elements. These may be defined by their characteristics (for instance their format), and from them compound data objects may be constructed. Several such objects may also share attributes. This part of the standard DIN EN ISO 21549 describes and defines the Common Data objects used within or referenced by patient held health data cards using UML, plain text and Abstract Syntax Notation (ASN.1). These data objects are utilized in all forms of healthcare data cards and are used to construct compound data objects as defined in Parts 3 to 8 of ISO 21549. The body responsible for this standard is NA 063-07-04 AA "Sicherheit" ("Security") at DIN.

Document: references other documents

Document: referenced in other documents

Responsible national committee

NA 176-02-04 AA - Security  

Responsible european committee

CEN/TC 251/WG 2 - Technology and Applications  

Responsible international committee

ISO/TC 215/WG 4 - Security, Safety and Privacy  

Edition 2014-06
Original language English
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