Methods Inf Med 2000; 39(01): 50-55
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1634254
Original Article
Schattauer GmbH

Standard Method for Describing an Electronic Patient Record Template: Application of XML to Share Domain Knowledge

S. Yamazaki
1  Department of Medical Informatics, University Hospital, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa
Y. Satomura
2  Division of Medical Informatics Chiba University Hospital, Chiba, Japan
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Publication History

Publication Date:
07 February 2018 (online)


A Template Definition Language (TDL) was developed to share knowledge of how to construct an electronic patient record (EPR) template. Based on the extensible markup language XML, TDL has been designed to be independent of EPR platforms or databases. Our research of TDL was conducted through evaluation of the description of various templates in the currently available EPRs and through comparisons with some electronic clinical guidelines. We conclude that TDL is sufficient for the objective but still needs improvement of the algorithm for describing dynamic changes.