Annika Terner, Amra Halilovic



Predefined Headings as a Base for Intellectual Capital in Swedish Health Care Sector

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Electronic Health Records, National quality registries, Knowledge-based healthcare


The health care sector is a knowledge-intensive sector with valuable assets. This stock of knowledge is defined as intellectual capital. Management of intellectual capital in the health care sector faces several challenges; particularly challenging is the lack of integration between the different IT systems and thereby the lack of integrated information. Semantic interoperability allows the right information to be available to the right people at the right time across systems. Structured and standardized predefined headings can be a tool to enable semantic interoperability. The aim of this article is to argue that predefined headings are an expression of knowledge-based healthcare and therefore can be a base for intellectuell capital in the Swedish health care sector. Predefined headings are employed in both electronic health records and in national quality registries. National quality registries are sources of “knowledge of improvement” because they contain data integrated into clinical workflows which, after analysis, can lead to documented evidence-based practice and practicebased evidence. The predefined headings in national quality registries are expressions of important indicators to follow up. The source for the data in national quality registries is data registered in patients’ electronic health records. The predefined headings in electronic health records are expressions of knowledge and experience of what information is necessary to provide good health care. Consequently, predefined headings are expressions of knowledge-based healthcare and can therefore be a base for intellectual capital in the Swedish health care sector.

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Annika Terner, Amra Halilovic. (2017) Predefined Headings as a Base for Intellectual Capital in Swedish Health Care Sector. International Journal of Biology and Biomedicine, 2, 29-35