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Clinical Research

“… a branch of healthcare science that determines the safety and effectiveness of medications, devices, diagnostic products and treatment regimens intended for human use.” (Source: Wikipedia)


Clinical Trial Participation Equation

Understanding that clinical research is essential for public health has been rising over the past few years.

And what do you need for a successful clinical research?

Beyond a well-structured Information System platform and a Research Site, you need patients!


For that, Beth Harper, a Clinical Research Expert has created her Clinical Trial Participation Equation that Forte – Research Systems have shared.

The Clinical Trial Participation Equation is strictly directed to this type of studies and intends to be a formula for patient recruitment and retention success in clinical trials. Beth Harper explains that “is a formula for evaluating and understanding the factors that influence a subject’s willingness and ability to participate in a clinical trial”.

Have a look and tell us what you think, below in the comments.

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iUZ Blog | The Clinical Trial Participation Equation [Infographic] 


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Interoperability Infographic | iUZ Blog

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We have been talking a lot about health interoperability lately, but what this mean exactly?

Well, have you watch Marcelo Fonseca iUZ.Talk back in July?


Back then, Marcelo explained iUZ point-of-view in the health interoperability field, and has referred important related aspects during his pitch. We have recorded it and you can still view it in our Youtube Channel.



Health Interoperability definition


According with HIMSS – Health Information and Management System Society, health interoperability is:

(…) the ability of different information technology systems and software applications to communicate, exchange data, and use the information that has been exchanged.

Data exchange schema and standards should permit data to be shared across clinicians, lab, hospital, pharmacy, and patient regardless of the application or application vendor. Health interoperability means the ability of information systems to work together within and across organisational boundaries in order to advance the effective delivery of healthcare for individuals and communities.

There are three levels of health information technology interoperability:

  1. Foundational (allows data exchange from one information technology system to be received by another)
  2. Structural (an intermediate level that defines the structure or format of data exchange)
  3. Semantic (provides interoperability at the highest level, which is the ability of two or more systems or elements to exchange information and to use the information that has been exchanged. Takes advantage of both the structuring of the data exchange and the codification of the data including vocabulary so that the receiving information technology systems can interpret the data)

(Source: HIMSS – Definition of Interoperability)



Cross-Border Interoperability and Challenges in the Interoperability field


At iUZ we have committed a lot of our time to cross-border interoperability in the healthcare field (check our epSOS case study (new) page), as cross-border interoperability “aiming to provide tools and common ways to exchange information between countries” (Source: Slideshare). According with epSOS, cross-border interoperability also means interoperability between neighbouring and non-neighbouring epSOS Member States and their entire territories.
In Marcelo pitch, he spoke about a few challenges in the interoperability field, being:

Legal and organisational interoperability challenges, such as:

  • Implementation of legal common grounds for information exchange
  • Establishment of circles of trust
  • Legal recognition of involved parties, such as HCPs (including their roles), patients and others
  • Set in place common authentication mechanisms (e.g. European e-Identification projects)
  • Etc.

interoperability challenges, such as:

  • Represent as much as possible the information using clinical code-systems
  • Define common and agreed value sets for information exchange (e.g. health sets of terminologies)
  • Establish formal mappings of existent information to the agreed value sets
  • Include the translations to allow multi-language capabilities (for cross-country scenarios)
  • Etc.

interoperability challenges, such as:

  • Implement common interfaces for services
  • Establish agreed format for information exchange
  • Prove and certify the compliance level of the involved systems
  • Define roadmaps for information integration
  • Etc.



Interoperability Benefits


Regarding the benefits for having information systems connected through cross-border health interoperability, are:

  • For citizens and patients:
    • Receive health care abroad (almost) seamlessly;
    • Receive medication in a foreign country on existing prescription;
    • Access to his own information in multiple languages and recognised formats;
  • For Health care providers:
    • Get quick and easy access to key patient data;
    • Improve health care cooperation across borders;
  • Health care quality:
    • Reduce medication errors by exchanging data;
    • Facilitate the occasional care of foreign patients


The answers to these issues are in these organisms:

  • IHE – Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise
  • HL7 – Health Level Seven International
  • DICOM – Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine





We’ve already written about IHE, when we joined IHE international as a member organization and when we went to Connectathon 2014 in Vienna (Austria). IHE – Integrating Healthcare Enterprise, is an initiative by healthcare professionals and industry leaders that aims to improve the way computer systems in healthcare share information.

According with IHE, they intend to promote the coordinated use of established standards such as DICOM and HL7 to address specific clinical needs in support of optimal patient care. Systems developed in accordance with IHE communicate with one another better, are easier to implement, and enable care providers to use information more effectively. (Source: IHE)



Health Level Seven International (HL7) is a not-for-profit, ANSI-accredited standards developing organization. HL7 provides standards for interoperability that improve care delivery, optimize workflow, reduce ambiguity and enhance knowledge transfer among all stakeholders.

HL7 is dedicated to providing a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information.



Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) “is a standard for handling, storing, printing, and transmitting information in medical imaging.” (Source: Wikipedia)



See our new brand infographic about “What is Health Interoperability?”:


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There are much more to say about health interoperability. Share with us your thoughts, below in the comments.

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Healthcare IT is changing the medical industry


According with one of our latest’s blog post in the next 5-7 years, 50.000 healthcare informatics workers will be needed (U.S. data). However, you may think, what really needs to be done?

Five ways health care must improve


KevinMD.com, a social media influencer in healthcare wrote 5 ways health care must improve which lists five issues that must be upgrade in HIT (Health Information Technology):

  1. Make systems more efficient
  2. Integrate different EMRs together
  3. Make everything mobile
  4. Start using voice recognition
  5. Recognize the limitations of IT and understand that health care is a human experience



Technology is (really) changing the healthcare industry


Technology is (really) changing the healthcare industry, however hospitals/clinics are not communicating and IT systems tend to be hard to learn or far too complex. Therefore, there are much more to improve, although this is a good set to begin with.

We were inspired by KevinMD.com post and made this infographic where you can find a summarize version of the blog post.

Take a look and tell us what you think bellow in the comments.

Healthcare IT - 5 ways to improve - iUZ

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Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society


HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) is a “not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality, safety, cost-effectiveness, and access, through the best use of information technology and management systems” (Source: wikipedia). Every year HIMSS produces a Leadership Survey according with U.S. senior IT executive’s responses, and for the 25th HIMSS Annual Leadership Survey there were 298 valid responses.
MuleSoft, a company that integrates platforms for connecting SaaS and enterprise applications in the cloud and on-premise, created an infographic regarding the collected information from the 25th Leadership Survey mentioned before.

Are you a connected hospital?


This infographic sums up HIMSS document, where we can see that in U.S.:

• 25% – Are leveraging the latest technology to provide better patient care

• 19% – Companies are integrating new technologies with installed systems

• Patients using telehealth services are expected to reach 7 million in 2018 up from 350.000 in 2013

• 37% – indicated that IT can positively impact patient care by improving clinical and quality outcomes

These statistics reinforces the need to health interoperable systems, for that data can flow freely across clinical and non-clinical devices/systems (Source: MuleSoft blog).

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Connected Healthcare Systems [Infographic]


Have something to add? Please, tell us below in the comments.

(image: Phalin Ooi)

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Healthcare Digital Marketing | Stethoscope by Kokopinto


Digital Marketing for Doctors

Are you a digital doctor or work in the field? If so, do you have a Digital Marketing Strategy? Because, every day medicine is becoming more and more digital and social.


Did you know that, according with the next infographic, 41% patients said, “social media would affect their choice of a specific doctor, hospital, or medical facility”?

Patients, through the Internet and social media, are becoming more aware, when picking a new doctor.
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Digital Marketing for Doctors | Infographic

These are U.S. data, but do you think in Europe is different? Do you have a Healthcare Digital Marketing Strategy?
Share your thoughts with us, below in the comments.
(image by Kokopinto and infographic by JHG Media)

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Placing the patient at the centre of care of healthcare.

Is this a trendy topic?

Yes, but it’s becoming a reality. Day by day, is given special attention to this subject that is driving new models of care.

Everybody knows that health information and technology walk hand in hand. The next infographic shows exactly that. T-Systems created the infographic “Better health through better technology”, where we can see the potential that technology can give to the patient, promoting and empowering his quality of life.

The patient, a person that needs medical treatment or someone seeking to improve his quality of life, is at the centre but he always will need other intervenients, such as family, friends, coaches, doctors, healthcare providers, health insurances or hospitals.

According with Mayme Marshall: “The primary goal of medicine should not merely be to improve disease and death rates; the medical community should also be interested in the subjective patient wellbeing and quality of life”. Technology is helping in that field and in this infographic it’s given a few applications.

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Better Health Through better technology - Health Infographic


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Healthcare IT


“50,000 healthcare informatics workers will be needed in the next 5-7 years”


“The Intersection of Healthcare & IT” is an infographic created by the University of Illinois at Chicago and establishes:

  • The importance of the health informatics
  • What health informatics professionals do
  • What are the benefits of health informatics

Healthcare informatics is a skill that makes medical discoveries more effective and efficient that relates IT, healthcare and suitable business practices.

Take a look at the infographic and tell us what you think, below in the comments.


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Intersection of Healthcare and IT [Infographic]


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“72% of adult internet users in the US have looked online for health information in the past year”

At iUZ we want to be active and dynamic in the healthcare IT industry and we manage to research regularly for new resources and knowledge. We found the infographic below, which reports that patients and medical doctors are having a more active role in healthcare.

This infographic was crafted for consumers to understand how functional is becoming the healthcare field and the power and active role that nowadays they can have. In addiction, it is also an era of ‘Digital Doctors’, and as Eric J. Topol said “(…) talking to your phone, that’s the future of medicine”.

We’re developing our mark in health IT in order to be recognised as an enterprise that delivers unpaired solutions for the future.

Take a look at this infographic and share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Digital Diagnosis Infographic (small)

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At iUZ we care about healthcare. We believe that the Healthcare IT Industry can change lives, make an impact and can increase any person life quality somewhere in our lives.

Check out the infographic below, for some highlighting about how technology is been changing the medical industry. The infographic provides a list of milestones between 1816 until 2008, regarding the growth of medical technology, and we can see that has had an incredible evolution.

Here at iUZ we also attempt to strengthen this field with our solutions uEDC – Electronic Data Capture, and uIN – eHealth interoperability. Take a look.

Sadly the infographic timeline is only until 2008, but has a lot of information and it’s possible to see the power of technology in this field. Take a look at the infographic and tell us what you think in the comments.

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Infographic "How Technology Changed the Medical Industry?"


Source: Infographics Show Case

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