Development of relevant archetypes finished

Using an approach which adapts an iterative software development model to the archetype domain, we developed 128 ISO/EN 13606 archetypes. They represent 446 clinical information items which were collected in an analysis of the information needs of physicians when treating diabetes patients. The archetypes were created using the linkEHR archetype editor and translated to German and English. The composition of archetypes (350 times) using the ADL slot mechanism and specialization of archetypes (40 times) were intensively employed. In our setting the medical domain expert and the computer scientist were geographically separated. After the initial planning where a close collaboration between the two was needed, all other steps were done asynchronously which allowed free time management for both parties. At the average each archetype underwent 2 – 3 development cycles.