An architecture for semantic navigation and reasoning with patient data - experiences of the Health-e-Child project

author: Tamás Hauer, Department of Physics, CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research
published: Nov. 24, 2008,   recorded: October 2008,   views: 3672


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Medical ontologies have become the standard means of recording and accessing conceptualized biological and medical knowledge. The expressivity of these ontologies goes from simple concept lists through taxonomies to formal logical theories. In the context of patient information, their application is primarily annotation of medical (instance) data. To exploit higher expressivity, we propose an architecture which allows for reasoning on patient data using OWL DL ontologies. The implementation is carried out as part of the Health-e-Child platform prototype. We discuss the use case where ontologies establish a hierarchical classification of patients which in turn is used to aid the visualization of patient data. We briefly discuss the treemap-based patient viewer which has been evaluated in the Health-e-Child project.

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