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Re: Linked Data for ICD? OPCS-4?

From: John Madden <john.madden@duke.edu>
Date: Sun, 4 Oct 2009 18:47:27 -0400
Cc: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>, Jim McCusker <mccusker@gmail.com>, public-lod@w3.org, w3c semweb HCLS <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>, "M. Scott Marshall" <marshall@science.uva.nl>
Message-Id: <1184F033-AB42-4512-87C4-2C0B375BE317@duke.edu>
To: Jeni Tennison <jeni@jenitennison.com>, Olivier Bodenreider <olivier@nlm.nih.gov>

> I was just looking at the statistics we have on UK hospital episodes 
> [1] which use ICD-10 to indicate the primary diagnosis related to  
> the episode. I'm intending to model the statistics using SKOVO[2].

Just looked at SKOVO. To me, the model really looks like it has great  
semantic "leverage". Also, I see it uses SKOS. I'd love to see how  
you'd use it in practice.

> Unfortunately from what I can tell the NCI Metathesaurus doesn't  
> seem to define URIs that are possible to construct based on the  
> ICD-10 codes. Or it does and I haven't been able to find them. I'd  
> be grateful for any advice.

To the best of my knowledge, WHO has not defined an "official" uri- 
based naming scheme for ICD codes.

There is a registered OID for ICD-10 (2.16.840.1.113883.6.3, see inter  
alia http://www.hl7.org.uk/version3group/oids.asp#Some%20HL7%20allocated%20OIDs%20relevant%20to%20the%20UK 

Since OIDs are (expressible as) urn's, in effect there is therefore a  
(admittedly, somewhat unsatisfactory, but "UK-official") way of  
referencing the ICD-10 system tout court in a urn syntax.  I do not  
know (and doubt) if anyone has defined a mechanism for attaching  
specific codes to that OID prefix in a urn-based way.

(Note: These OIDs are mostly in use within the HL7 community, and that  
community doesn't really use them qua urn's -- it just uses them as  
unique identifier strings within XML messages defined in their xml  
schema for medical documents). ( i.e. they might e.g. have a fragment  
in a HL7v3 clinical document that looks like this: <code code="J96.0"  
codeSystem="2.16.840.1.113883.6.3" codeSystemName="ICD-10"  
displayName="Acute respiratory failure"/> )

Good news:  ICD-10 is one of the coding systems incorporated in the  
Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) of the US Natl Library of  
Medicine. And I was told by Olivier Bodenreider several months back  
that NLM might/would/hoped to release UMLS in an RDF format sometime  
in the (?near?) future. If so, one could use the UMLS identifier in  
its uri form as a way of referring to ICD-10 concepts. This would be a  
good thing, I think.

I'm ccing Olivier, who maybe can say if that project is still "on".

>> Would you be interested in talking to the HCLS Terminology group (I  
>> chair it) about it on an upcoming Thursday morning call? I predict  
>> you'd get a lot of interest and support -- even help, if you like.
> If the above still sounds interesting, and provided the timing  
> works, sure.

It's Thursdays at 1400 UTC (1500 UK time). I'll start sending you  
announcements, and if you can be there sometime in the next few weeks  
I'll put you on the agenda.

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