Table of contents

  • Preliminary material 
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • List of figures
    • Acknowledgments
    • Executive summary
  1. The concept of a national health information model
    • The objectives of NHIM Version 1
    • The concept behind NHIM Version 1
      • Underlying information structures
      • An enterprise information model
      • Why an 'information' model?
      • Entity-relationship modelling
    • An evaluation of Version 1
      • The outcomes
  2. The development of Version 2
    • Introduction
      • Supporting material
      • Status of this publication of Version 2
      • Changes from Version 1
      • Use of established techniques and methods
      • Issues with the entity-relationship approach
      • Current and emerging modelling and data definition techniques and formats
    • Use of information modelling in the Australian health and welfare sectors
      • NHIM and NCSIM
      • Experience in the development and use of other models
    • Decisions on relationships at a national level
      • Describing relationships
      • Revised aims for the project
  3. Evaluation of NHIM Version 2 
    • Introduction
    • Use as a national framework
      • The NHIM and the National Health Data Dictionary
      • The NHIM and the Knowledgebase
      • Potential for broader use as a framework
    • Technical features of the NHIM
      • Appropriateness of entities
      • Appropriateness of relationships
      • Definitional integrity of NHIM entities
    • International information modelling initiatives
      • Canadian Roadmap Initiative
      • ISO developments
      • US NCVHS
    • Aims for Version 3
    • Potential roles for the NHIM
      • Health Online and HealthConnect
      • National Electronic Health Records Task Force
      • Framework for performance and other indicators
      • Good Electronic Health Record
      • HL7 Reference Information Model
      • State health data models
      • Other jurisdictional data models
      • Summary
    • Promoting the role of the NHIM
      • Future management of the NHIM
    • Summary
    • Copyright and disclaimer
  4. Version 2 explained 
    • Presentation conventions for Version 2
      • Entities
      • Entity supertypes and subtypes
      • Attributes
      • Dotted boxes - further work required
    • An overview of Version 2 of the NHIM
      • The macro-architecture
      • The NHIM in action
    • Summary
  5. Bibliography 
  6. Appendix 1: NHIM entity definitions 
    • The NHIM diagram
      • Entity definitions, usage and rules
      • The use of DATE and TIME in the NHIM
    • Entities, definitions and business rules