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Memorandum “Open Metadata”[*]Open Access to Documentation Forms and Item Catalogs in Healthcare
19 June 2015
accepted: 19 June 2015
22 January 2018 (online)
At present, most documentation forms and item catalogs in healthcare are not accessible to the public. This applies to assessment forms of routine patient care as well as case report forms (CRFs) of clinical and epidemiological studies. On behalf of the German chairs for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology six recommendations to developers and users of documentation forms in healthcare were developed. Open access to medical documentation forms could substantially improve information systems in health-care and medical research networks. Therefore these forms should be made available to the scientific community, their use should not be unduly restricted, they should be published in a sustainable way using international standards and sources of documentation forms should be referenced in scientific publications.
KeywordsOpen metadata - open access - case report forms - documentation forms - item catalogs - information systems
* This is an extended and updated English version of the German Memorandum “Open Metadata“, GMS Med Inform Biom Epidemiol 2014; 10 (1) Doc01 http://www.egms.de/static/de/journals/mibe/2014-10/mibe000150.shtml
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