Challenges and Approaches to Make Multidisciplinary Team Meetings Interoperable - The KIMBo Project

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2017;236:63-69.


Background: Multidisciplinary team meetings (MDTMs) are already in use for certain areas in healthcare (e.g. treatment of cancer). Due to the lack of common standards and accessibility for the applied IT systems, their potential is not yet completely exploited.

Objectives: Common requirements for MDTMs shall be identified and aggregated into a process definition to be automated by an application architecture utilizing modern standards in electronic healthcare, e.g. HL7 FHIR.

Methods: To identify requirements, an extensive literature review as well as semi-structured expert interviews were conducted.

Results: Results showed, that interoperability and flexibility in terms of the process are key requirements to be addressed. An architecture blueprint as well as an aggregated process definition were derived from the insights gained. To evaluate the feasibility of identified requirements, methods of explorative prototyping in software engineering were used.

Conclusion: MDTMs will become an important part of modern and future healthcare but the need for standardization in terms of interoperability is imminent.

Keywords: Automation; BPMN; HL7 FHIR; Interoperability; Multidisciplinary Team Meeting; Workflow.

MeSH terms

  • Delivery of Health Care*
  • Health Information Systems
  • Humans
  • Patient Care Team*
  • Software*