Creating Interoperability of Biomedical Data Sources

Researchers from the University Hospitals of Geneva, Switzerland, have published a new paper entitled Interoperability Driven Integration of Biomedical Data Sources. The paper, published in Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, introduces “a data integration methodology that promotes technical, syntactic and semantic interoperability for operational healthcare data sources. ETL processes provide access to different operational databases at the technical level.”

D. Teodoro, one of the writers of the paper stated, “Data instances have their syntax aligned according to biomedical terminologies using natural language processing. Finally, semantic web technologies are used to ensure common meaning and to provide ubiquitous access to the data. The system's performance and solvability assessments were carried out using clinical questions against seven healthcare institutions distributed across Europe. The architecture managed to provide interoperability within the limited heterogeneous grid of hospitals.”

For more on this research, contact D. Teodoro, SIMED, University Hospitals of Geneva.

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