The need for collaboration and data sharing among systems dedicated to individual functional areas and user groups has initiated major efforts towards the development of an integrated hospital information system. Major issues in the development of any integrated architecture that incorporates autonomous departmental systems include the development of commonly accepted interaction mechanisms, standardisation, the structure of the computerised patient record, its extensibility, as well as limitations multimedia data impose. This paper presents work done within project IHIS, a nationally funded project for the development of an integrated hospital information system that provides ICU staff with access to both the ICU assisting laboratory information system's data as well as radiological multimedia data.
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