Table 3

 Desirable attributes of an integrated system: from a state, national, or international perspective

The system should:
• be able to be presented using local terminology and in different languages, using terms which are commonly used and understood in that particular region or jurisdiction
• be customisable so that it can take account of legal, ethical, and privacy requirements which may vary from region to region
• be able to be used in conjunction with existing “home grown” or proprietary systems for importing or collecting data by using “mapping” interfaces
• be able to be used in a variety of ways suitable for “developing”, “transitional”, and “developed” countries
• be able to be used in such a way as to be able to elicit and capture simple basic sets of information as well as complicated detailed sets of information about all the components of the underlying information model
• be able to be applied across all of health care from self-care and domiciliary care through to high technology intensive care and transport of the critically ill
• be able to have additional streams of local relevance—for example, accommodating various forms of alternative or herbal medicine
• allow the use of locally approved “reference lists” for items such as drugs and devices