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In a user interface integration, two applications are integrated so that a user can carry out an operation that involves two different applications – without having to take into account that he or she is actually running two applications.

Columna features three types of user interface integration

Seamless user interface integration

Seamless user interface integration can be used to present the functionality as totally integrated in Columna. This results in two different applications seeming to be one total system, even when the work processes go back and forth across the systems. One example of seamless user interface integration is the Booking module in Columna. This was developed by Capgemini, but fully integrated by Columna.

Application integration

Application integration is used for integrating an existing third-party application so that it supports clinical working methods and data consistency requirements. Application integration is characterised by navigation backwards and forwards between Columna and the third-party application during one or more working processes. At the same time, complex data can be transferred in both directions several times during one work process.

One example of application integration is the way the SpeechMax dictation system is integrated into the Columna system.

Press button integration

Press button integration is used in a ’loose’ integration – typical for web applications. During press button integration, data is transferred from Columna to another system at a point in the work process when the other system is activated – either by clicking on a button or by selecting from a menu. The information that is transferred can be used to identify the user and navigate to the correct place in the application, so that the work process can continue. In press button integration, data is not returned to Columna from the other application.

Examples of press button integration in Columna include the web browser for PACS systems, web access to local procedures and guidelines, as well as web access to online pharmaceutical catalogues.