Appl Clin Inform 2017; 08(04): 1082-1094
DOI: 10.4338/ACI-2017-06-RA-0106
Research Article
Schattauer GmbH Stuttgart

Health Information Exchange for Continuity of Maternal and Neonatal Care Supporting: A Proof-of-Concept Based on ISO Standard

M.R. Santos
T.Q.V. de Sá
F.E. da Silva
M.R. dos Santos Junior
T.A. Maia
Z.S.N. Reis
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Publication History

26 June 2017

19 September 2017

Publication Date:
14 December 2017 (online)


Background Around the world, people receive care at various institutions; therefore, clinical information is recorded either on paper or distributed on different information systems with reduced capabilities for sharing data. One approach to handling the complex nature of the health information systems and making it interoperable is the two-level modeling, and the ISO 13606 standard is an option to support this model. A regionally governed EHR program in Brazil proposed to use the ISO 13606 standard and archetypes. This program includes an EHR repository for consolidating the longitudinal electronic record of patients' health.

Objective This article aims to present the results and lessons learned from a proof-of-concept (POC) for integrating the Maternal and Neonatal Healthcare Information System (SISMater) developed by the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) with the EHR system developed by the Department of Healthcare for the State of Minas Gerais (SES/MG).

Methods The design of the architecture and software development were driven by the content to be exchanged between the SISMater system and the EHR system and the usage of XML transformation to translate an ISO 13606 EHR extract and vice versa. This POC did not include tests related to revision objects according to ISO 13606 reference model.

Results The software architecture and software components required for this POC were proposed and tested. The EHR system validated the syntax and semantic and persisted the extract in the EHR repository. Complete results can be accessed at

Conclusion The approach for using XML transformations could make easier the process for ISO 13606 noncompliant EMR systems to exchange EHR data with the SES/MG EHR system.

Protection of Human and Animal Subjects

The authors declare that human and animal subjects were not included in this research.


This study was supported by Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa de Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG)-PPSUS APQ 03486–13.

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