In the age of digital information in medicine, it is of paramount importance to ensure proper linking of medical tests performed from various sources and assign them to the correct patient medical records. Failure to comply with digital workflow procedures impairs the ability to retrieve information when necessary. This may lead to repetition of procedures and waste of expensive computing and human resources.
The process can be roughly divided into two stages: the stage of acquisition of the instrument itself during the execution of the medical procedures, acquisition of measurements and images, and the stage of storing and processing the data in the information systems.
Intelligent selection of appropriate standards enables better and successful integration.
Two common workflows are considered, Scheduled Workflow (SWF) and Encounter Based Workflow (EBIW). The selection between them depends on the performed medical examination type, the organization work processes and the IT infrastructure available to the organisation.
SWF is common and well established while EBIW still present major difficulties.