ERCIM News No.27 - October 1996
Hyperlinked Multimedia Medical Data
by Keith Jeffery
The HYPERMEDATA Project (HYPERlinked Multimedia mEDical dATA) demonstrates
cooperation between an European Union ERCIM Institute (CLRC) and an ERCIM
member institute of a CEE country, namely Masaryk University, Institute
of Computer Science within CRCIM. It brings together complementary skills
in the two institutes together with Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)
from Central and Eastern European countries. It is funded by the European
Commission under the COPERNICUS scheme.
The major aim of the project is to provide informatic tools for the
SMEs to utilise as high-value additions to the provision of Hospital Information
Systems to the healthcare application area. In addition, there are possibilities
to exploit the tools in other application areas. The additional facilities
provided by the project will allow information exchange between heterogenous,
distributed Hospital Information Systems thus helping in the care of patients
as they are moved from hospital to hospital (eg to receive specialist treatment
or care) and in utilising results of laboratory tests performed at hospitals
other than the one where the patient is located.
The project has been structured to optimise the success of these aims. The
many end-user / customer requirements can be condensed to two main problems:
The technical aim of the project is to develop tools to solve these problems,
using standards in both the distributed database and hyperdocument areas.
- the integration of information from heterogeneous distributed sources
- its presentation to the end-user (both for output and input) through
a hyperlinked multimedia document.
The overall workprogram consists of three major WorkPackages, each overlapping
the next to ensure that there is suitable interaction between design derived
from requirements with development based on design and in turn with evaluation
At the mid-point of the 3-year project, the user requirements collection
phase (mainly performed by T-Soft and AMIS) and the modelling and analysis
work (mainly performed by CLRC and Masaryk University are completed, and
the system specification and prototype are being finalised. An exploitation
plan is being updated continuously as the market conditions and technical
The results to date consist of technical papers:
- Kohoutková, J., Jeffery, K.G.: Intelligent Hypermedia Access:
The Universal Information-Space Guide. Proceedings of SOFSEM'94 Conference,
Milovy, Czech Republic, November 1994. Ed. M. Bartosek, Masaryk University,
- Kohoutková, J., Sárek, M.: Projekt HYPERMEDATA: Hypermedialni
prezentace integrovanych dat (Project HYPERMEDATA: Hypermedia Presentation
of Integrated Data). Proceedings of MEDSOFT'95 Conference, Prague, Czech
Republic, February 1995.
- Jeffery, K.G., Kohoutková, J.: HYPERMEDATA: Interoperability
for Healthcare Systems. Proceedings of MBB'95 Slovakia, September 1995.
- Cook, S., Kohoutková, J., Jeffery, K.G.: HYPERMEDATA: Meta-structures
for Exchanging Hypermedia Documents. Proceedings of ERCIM Database Workshop,
Darmstadt, March 1996.
- D1.1 User requirements Report
- D1.2 Information and Process Model Specification D1.3 System Specification
Keith G Jeffery - CLRC
Tel: +44 235 44 6103
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