PICNIC architecture

Niilo Saranummi

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The PICNIC architecture aims at supporting inter-enterprise integration and the facilitation of collaboration between healthcare organisations. The concept of a Regional Health Economy (RHE) is introduced to illustrate the varying nature of inter-enterprise collaboration between healthcare organisations collaborating in providing health services to citizens and patients in a regional setting. The PICNIC architecture comprises a number of PICNIC IT Services, the interfaces between them and presents a way to assemble these into a functioning Regional Health Care Network meeting the needs and concerns of its stakeholders. The PICNIC architecture is presented through a number of views relevant to different stakeholder groups. The stakeholders of the first view are national and regional health authorities and policy makers. The view describes how the architecture enables the implementation of national and regional health policies, strategies and organisational structures. The stakeholders of the second view, the service viewpoint, are the care providers, health professionals, patients and citizens. The view describes how the architecture supports and enables regional care delivery and process management including continuity of care (shared care) and citizen-centred health services. The stakeholders of the third view, the engineering view, are those that design, build and implement the RHCN. The view comprises four sub views: software engineering, IT services engineering, security and data. The proposed architecture is founded into the main stream of how distributed computing environments are evolving. The architecture is realised using the web services approach. A number of well established technology platforms and generic standards exist that can be used to implement the software components. The software components that are specified in PICNIC are implemented in Open Source.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRegional Health Economies and ICT Services
EditorsNiilo Saranummi, David Piggott, Dimitros G. Katehakis, Manolis Tsiknakis, Knut Bernstein
Place of PublicationNetherlands
PublisherIOS Press
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-60750-125-1
ISBN (Print)1-58603-538-X, 978-1-58603-538-9
Publication statusPublished - 2005
MoE publication typeD2 Article in professional manuals or guides or professional information systems or text book material

Publication series

SeriesStudies in Health Technology and Informatics


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