The role of compositionality in standardized problem list generation

P. L. Elkin, M. Tuttle, K. Keck, K. Campbell, G. Atkin, C. G. Chute

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Compositionality is the ability of a Vocabulary System to record non-atomic strings. In this manuscript we define the types of composition, which can occur. We will then propose methods for both server based and client-based composition. We will differentiate the terms Pre-Coordination, Post-Coordination, and User-Directed Coordination. A simple grammar for the recording of terms with concept level identification will be presented, with examples from the Unified Medical Language System's (UMLS) Metathesaurus. We present an implementation of a Window's NT based client application and a remote Internet Based Vocabulary Server, which makes use of this method of compositionality. Finally we will suggest a research agenda which we believe is necessary to move forward toward a more complete understanding of compositionality. This work has the promise of paving the way toward a robust and complete Problem List Entry Tool.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedInfo 1998 - 9th World Congress on Medical Informatics
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9051994079, 9789051994070
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes
Event9th World Congress on Medical Informatics, MedInfo 1998 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: Aug 18 1998Aug 22 1998

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


Other9th World Congress on Medical Informatics, MedInfo 1998
CountryKorea, Republic of


  • Compositionality
  • Controlled Medical Vocabularies
  • Documentation
  • Structured Entry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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