Health and Medical vocabulary for

The medical/health vocabulary discussed here previously is now public
on, and we've bumped the version number to 0.95.

See also blog post at

An overview document on the medical/health section has been added to
the site, (linked via ).

The main entry point within the schema is - you can skim the entire structure

Thanks to everyone who helped review, improve and progress this, and
especially of course Aaron for leading the whole effort. gains about 100 classes and 200 properties here, so this is
a major addition. If you hear of any bugs or issues do please raise
them here. We'll redirect to
the main site. I've just updated and nearby to
note the revision, ... I've a bit more housekeeping to do on
documenting the release but wanted to circulate the announcement
first... Details from blog copied below.



(see site for a version with links)

"""Health and Medical vocabulary for
We are pleased to announce a major set of additions to that
improve our coverage of health and medical topics. Although there are
many existing efforts around structured data for health and medicine,
such structure is today typically available only 'behind the scenes'
rather than shared in the Web using standard markup. Our design goals
therefore differed from many previous initiatives, in that we focused
on markup for use by Webmasters and publishers. Our main goal was to
create markup that will help patients, physicians, and generally
health-interested consumers find relevant health information via

This collaborative project drew upon search expertise from the partners but also gained immeasurably through feedback from
expert reviewers including the US NCBI; physicians at Harvard, Duke
and other institutions, as well as from several health Web sites.
Contributions from the W3C Healthcare and Lifesciences group and Web
Schemas community also helped bridge the complex worlds of Web
standards, search and medicine/healthcare.

A note on scope: the new health and medical schema additions are
intended to cover both consumer- and professionally-targeted health
and medical web content, so any given piece of content may use only
the relevant subset of the schema. Also, we've focused on creating
lightweight markup that easily surfaces key health and medical
entities in web pages and captures the relationships between them. As
such, we envision these additions as complementary to the many very
good and comprehensive medical ontologies, meta-thesauri, and
controlled vocabularies that have been created in the medical domain.
When such resources are available, our proposed schema can link to and
take advantage of them, e.g. via the code property of MedicalEntity.
Finally, while today the additions are not aimed at supporting use
cases like automated reasoning, medical records coding, or genomic
tagging, these could be interesting domains for future extension.

The Web contains a wealth of information on health and medicine and we
hope this contribution will make it easier for users (whether
patients, consumers, physicians or family members) to make the most of
the information that is shared in the Web. For interested parties we
have prepared a more detailed overview document. As with all vocabulary, we will continue to evolve the schema and
welcome your feedback, suggestions and implementation experience here,
via W3C, or by mail.

-- Aaron Brown, Google
-- C. Michael Gibson, MD, Wikidoc
Posted by Aaron Brown at 12:26 PM """

Received on Tuesday, 26 June 2012 20:07:38 UTC