Monday, July 15, 2013

An OGMS-Based Model for Clinical Information

In a paper presented at the International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO) in Montreal, Heiner Oberkampf and colleagues from Siemens Corporate Technology and the Universities of Augsburg and Erlangen propose an interesting strategy to advance semantic integration of patient data. As they point out, such integration would require annotation with terms from established domain ontologies "based on an ontologically well-founded information model" and they choose Ontology for General Medical Science (OGMS) as the basis of their work.

Among several other ICBO papers devoted to the creation of OGMS-conformant clinical ontologies was a contribution by Josh Hanna and colleagues at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences entitled "Building a Drug Ontology based on RxNorm and Other Sources." DrOn is built in a modular fashion to facilitate incorporation of content from RxNorm and other sources within a manually built, realist, upper-level framework based on BFO.

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