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Re: semantic web for EHRs

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2010 14:14:10 -0500
Message-ID: <4B9A9282.3090902@openlinksw.com>
To: dirk.colaert@agfa.com
CC: conor dowling <conor-dowling@caregraf.com>, public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org, public-semweb-lifesci-request@w3.org
dirk.colaert@agfa.com wrote:
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> We (Agfa HealthCare) are doing a project on European level around 
> infectious diseases. We collect data in different hospitals (with 
> different CIS systems), we data mine the retrieved results sets , 
> store the results in a knowledge repository and use this knowledge for 
> decision support.
> The data collection, mentioned above is using sparql and a domain 
> ontology we created. Having the results of the different hospitals in 
> the same formalism and using the same ontologies ensure semantic 
> interoperability and makes the merging of the results sets very easy.
> The whole thing creates what we call a " virtual clinical data 
> repository" because we don't have to centrally store clinical data. 
> Each clinical site implemented a sparql endpoint, hiding the 
> intrinsics of the specific site
> We use D2R to convert from sparql to sql..
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> The site of our project is www.debugit.eu
> Unfortunately there is no much technical detail on that site.

Do you have links for to data?

Kingsley
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> *Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>*
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> >     > U.S.? (There's little here from what I can see - the
> >     interoperability push is around SOAP).
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> >     In my view, SOAP is the wrong direction.  It is just adds
> >     complexity and
> >     contributes to "babelization":
> >     http://www.w3.org/2003/Talks/0717-semweb-dbooth/slide10-0.html
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> > you're right but here's the rub - there's $'s in babel. Bad IT -
> > translation layers and their maintenance - is good business, sometimes.
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> > Take the U.S. NHIN CONNECT project whose laudable goal is to allow
> > patient record exchange between institutions big and small. It tackles
> > what's need - security, credentials, opt-in etc - and then ... well,
> > it gets all SOAP'y. Gateways, adapters, layers, all those layers. What
> > about a "web of interlinked data", just add security policy ...??
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> > It's annoying because think how easy linking is - in reality and now,
> > not just conceptually, some time away. (I know I'm preaching to the
> > choir here but ...)
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> > Take a patient vital - http://vista.caregraf.org/rambler/120.5/716
> > (Christopher's blood pressure at a date). This record is typed by the
> > VA vital type, http://vista.caregraf.org/rambler/120.51/1 (blood
> > pressure), one of 19 that the system records (
> > http://vista.caregraf.org/rambler/120.51 ). Vital type is a "locked
> > file" ( http://vista.caregraf.org/rambler/schema/120.51 ), one of many
> > terminology files in VistA.
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> > Now, on the face of it, such data is meaningless outside this VistA.
> > We need a "mapping layer", an "RPC". A "type-mapper". A reformatter.
> > Layers ...
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> > BUT WE KNOW (on this group) that it is trival to do something like ...
> >                         :120.51/1 ---- same as -----> SNOMED:392570002
> > and heh presto, your vitals are "linked". Were Christopher lucky
> > enough to end up in the Cleveland Clinic then this and his other data
> > would be trivial to query - no longer site or even VA-specific.
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> > And this isn't an isolated case. It's true in general. (I'm working on
> > an "linked patient browser" - needs very little code - and this
> > principle holds true for procedures, medicines, vaccines ...).
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> > The train is leaving the station on health records (in the U.S.
> > 'meaningful use' is about to get nailed down) and they're made for the
> > web of data but all we have are soap bubbles, all a drift ...
> Is there going to be an RDF model based Linked Data View over this data?
> Or are you looking for help re. Linked Data publishing etc?
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> Regards,
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> Kingsley Idehen                      
> President & CEO
> OpenLink Software    
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Regards,

Kingsley Idehen	      
President & CEO 
OpenLink Software     
Web: http://www.openlinksw.com
Weblog: http://www.openlinksw.com/blog/~kidehen
Twitter/Identi.ca: kidehen 
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