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Balancing access, efficiency, and quality in health care aspires digital health interventions. Aging populations, high prevelance of chronic disease, and shortages in the health workforce, build the case for augmented coordinated care and citizen participation. However progress has been slow partly due to limited use of consistent standards and tools, and gaps in trust and skills for collaboration and information sharing. Integrated management of resources for face-to-face and remote appointments linked to personal health records, provider and patient facing apps, and diagnostics may improve access to quality care. Starting with a patient case, we discuss standard interfaces and data formats for appointments to explore challenges for patients and providers in emerging blended models of health care, as we strive for particiaption, productivity, professionalism, and accountability. Health care appointments will be discussed with initiatives from Denmark and Norway as the backdrop of the new generation of interoperability standards exemplified by HL7 FHIR initiative.
Morten Brunn-Rassmussen, Mediq, Odense, Denmark
Jan Petersen MedCom, Odense, Denmark
Anne Moen, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Petter Hurlen, Akershus University Hospital, Lørenskog, Norway
Catherine Chronaki, HL7 Foundation, Brussels, Belgium