Reason for the EEPD
“Analysable and linkable Electronic Patient Records (EPRs) will only attain their true potential for improving the quality of patient care and reducing the risk of human error, without excessive data re-entry overload, when, in each speciality and sub-speciality - following intense, open, web-based discussions - their detailed, logically and chronologically-arranged, flow-patterned questions and the full range of all allowable answer-options - [always including, whenever needed, “Unknown (Free Text)” and “Other (Free Text)”] - are, by stages, taking into account as many interested parties as possible, individual question by individual question, internationally standardised.”
Such specifications will only become universally standardised if they are (a) created by hundreds of hours of work by health care professionals, since only they have the professional knowledge required for this task, and (b) are open-source and cost free to all potential users.
In essence the EEPD, EEPDwiki and EEPDtalk are a long term attempt to bring together in these three websites all that is needed for the development of Shared Hospital/Community Perinatal Care Electronic and Paper IT Systems using an “Open Source”, “Joined up” and, in time, also a increasingly ”Wiki ” approach. Modifying the words of the Wikipedia commitment ”Imagine a world in which every single designer of a healthcare computer system can freely share in the sum of all the knowledge required for such an enterprise”
A Blueprint for similar shared-care specialities?
Essential Bedrock Foundation
Despite a widespread belief (slowly fading?), even among highly trained professionals, that computers are magic; both on financial and on technical grounds, it is, in practice, impossible to adequately integrate large flow-patterned analysable databases. Once they have been fully installed, it is virtually never cost-effective to write all the software code which is essential for adequate interoperability.
Numerous examples confirm that a toxic combination of gullible managerial purchasers and plausible IT sales salesmen results time and time again, in projects disastrously over-running in time and cost, with an eventual failure to provide a viable inter-operative system at all.
Confidential commercial competition for example has no place in the creation of the question and answer options used in the software required for fully functioning electronic analysable patient records. The most vital open-access part of the EEPD is therefore:
(Updated 2 October 2012)