A semantic-web oriented representation of clinical element model for secondary use of electronic healthcare data

Cui Tao, Guoqian Jiang, Thomas A. Oniki, Robert R. Freimuth, Jyotishman Pathak, Qian Zhu, Deepak Sharma, Stanley M. Huff, Christopher G. Chute

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Abstract

The Clinical Element Model (CEM) is an information model designed for representing clinical information in EHR systems across organizations. The current representation of CEMs does not support formal semantic definitions and therefore it is not possible to perform reasoning and consistency checking on derived models. This paper introduces our efforts to represent the CEM specification using the Web Ontology Language (OWL). The CEM-OWL representation connects the CEM content with the Semantic Web environment, which provides authoring, reasoning, and querying tools. This work may also facilitate the harmonization of the CEMs with domain knowledge represented in terminology models as well as other clinical information models such as the openEHR Archetype Model. We have created the CEM-OWL meta ontology based on the CEM specification. A convertor has been implemented in Java to automatically translate all the detailed CEMs from XML to OWL. A panel evaluation has been conducted, and the evaluation results show that the OWL modeling can faithfully represent the CEM specification and represent patient data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2012 IEEE 2nd Conference on Healthcare Informatics, Imaging and Systems Biology, HISB 2012
Number of pages1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event2012 IEEE 2nd Conference on Healthcare Informatics, Imaging and Systems Biology, HISB 2012 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Sep 27 2012Sep 28 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2012 IEEE 2nd Conference on Healthcare Informatics, Imaging and Systems Biology, HISB 2012

Other

Other2012 IEEE 2nd Conference on Healthcare Informatics, Imaging and Systems Biology, HISB 2012
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period9/27/129/28/12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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    Tao, C., Jiang, G., Oniki, T. A., Freimuth, R. R., Pathak, J., Zhu, Q., Sharma, D., Huff, S. M., & Chute, C. G. (2012). A semantic-web oriented representation of clinical element model for secondary use of electronic healthcare data. In Proceedings - 2012 IEEE 2nd Conference on Healthcare Informatics, Imaging and Systems Biology, HISB 2012 [6366225] (Proceedings - 2012 IEEE 2nd Conference on Healthcare Informatics, Imaging and Systems Biology, HISB 2012). https://doi.org/10.1109/HISB.2012.58