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Terminology tools: state of the art and practical lessons.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11552342     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVES: As controlled medical terminologies evolve from simple code-name-hierarchy arrangements, into rich, knowledge-based ontologies of medical concepts, increased demands are placed on both the developers and users of the terminologies. In response, researchers have begun developing tools to address their needs. The aims of this article are to review previous work done to develop these tools and then to describe work done at Columbia University and New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH). METHODS: Researchers working with the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine (SNOMED), the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS), and NYPH's Medical Entities Dictionary (MED) have created a wide variety of terminology browsers, editors and servers to facilitate creation, maintenance and use of these terminologies. RESULTS: Although much work has been done, no generally available tools have yet emerged. Consensus on requirement for tool functions, especially terminology servers is emerging. Tools at NYPH have been used successfully to support the integration of clinical applications and the merger of health care institutions. CONCLUSIONS: Significant advancement has occurred over the past fifteen years in the development of sophisticated controlled terminologies and the tools to support them. The tool set at NYPH provides a case study to demonstrate one feasible architecture.
Authors:
J J Cimino
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Methods of information in medicine     Volume:  40     ISSN:  0026-1270     ISO Abbreviation:  Methods Inf Med     Publication Date:  2001  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-09-12     Completed Date:  2001-10-04     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0210453     Medline TA:  Methods Inf Med     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  298-306     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Medical Informatics, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Computer Systems*
Hospital Information Systems*
Humans
Information Storage and Retrieval
Internet
Terminology as Topic*
United States
Vocabulary, Controlled*

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