Prof. Dr. Paul Schmücker is Head of Institute for Medical Informatics at Mannheim University of Applied Sciences.

Long-term Archiving of Medical Documents – Requirements for Document Formats in Healthcare

In the German Health Care System due to constant changes of political regulations, the rapid technological development and the steady progress in diagnostics and therapy great demands are made on all parties involved in the patient treatment process. To a great extend this also concerns the processes of producing, managing and archiving documents which are indispensable to hospitals and medical practices during patient treatments. Thorough documentation and orderly archiving are essential for the supply of information in the patient’s treatment, compliance with legal requirements, accounting and financial analysis, statistical evaluation, quality assurance and medical research. Clinical documentation and archiving are characterized by immense volumes of data and documentation as well as a high heterogeneity of archival content. [...]