With the continued expansion of Electronic Patient Record systems ahead of comprehensive evidence, metrics, or future-proofing, European health informatics is embarking on a faith-driven adventure that also risks data swamping of end-users. An alternative approach is an information broker system, drawing from departmental data sources. A three-year study in health and social care has produced a first demonstrator which can search for specified information in heterogeneous distributed data stores, with source-specific permission can copy it, and then merge the search results in a real-time process.
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