Clinical Information Systems (CIS) have emerged as a new critical infrastructure that influences affordability and security of health care delivery. Complex and conflicting societal requirements, such as providing control for patients over their personal health information and requiring health organizations to assure the security and privacy of patient-specific information, create significant technical challenges for the design of CIS. Our research focuses on a novel approach that is based on the principles and tools of Model Integrated Computing, Platform-Based Design, and Service-Oriented Architectures. We are implementing these principles within a domain-specific, graphical design environment to derive formal system specifications that can can be rapidly retargeted to different Service-Oriented Architecture execution platforms through a set of standard languages, such as WSBPEL and XACML. The design environment includes a suite of domain-specific modeling languages capturing essential aspects of CIS design, model transformation tools that map the domain models onto the standard specification languages of Service-Oriented Architecture platforms and static model analysis tools checking the consistency and wellformedeness of the multipleview models. We are designing and testing our tools within the context of the patient portal and clinical information systems of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Current Grant Support: National Science Foundation TRUST Center (2007-2010)

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