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Session Spotlight: RDF as a Universal Healthcare Language

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The upcoming Semantic Technology and Business Conference in San Francisco is set to host a thought-provoking panel on RDF as a Universal Healthcare Language.

[UPDATED: April 18, 2013, 11:46am]

The upcoming Semantic Technology and Business Conference in San Francisco is set to host a thought-provoking panel on RDF as a Universal Healthcare Language. The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) identified the need for a universal healthcare exchange language as a key enabler in addressing this problem by improving healthcare data portability. Many familiar with Semantic Web technology have recognized that RDF / Linked Data would be an excellent candidate to meet this need, for both technical and strategic reasons. Although RDF is not yet well known in conventional healthcare IT, it has been beneficially used in a wide variety of applications over the past ten years — including medical and biotech applications — and would exceed all of the requirements outlined in the PCAST report.

This panel, which will happen Wednesday, June 5, at 1:00PM, will feature a number of prominent thinkers in the healthcare community:

David Booth, Senior Software Architect – KnowMED.
David Booth is a senior software architect at KnowMED, using Semantic Web technology for healthcare quality-of-care and clinical outcomes measurement.  He previously worked at PanGenX applying Semantic Web technology to genomics in support of personalized medicine.  Before that he worked on Cleveland Clinic’s SemanticDB project, which uses RDF and other semantic technologies to perform cardiovascular research.  Prior to that was a software architect at HP Software, where his primary focus was emerging technologies. He was a W3C Fellow from 2002 to 2005, where he worked on Web Services standards before becoming involved in Semantic Web technology.  He has been programming for many years using a variety of programming languages and operating systems. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer  Science from UCLA.

Stanley M. Huff, Chief Medical Informatics Officer – Intermountain Healthcare. Dr. Huff is Professor (Clinical) of Medical Informatics at the University of Utah, and the Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Intermountain Healthcare. Intermountain Healthcare is a charitable not-for-profit health care organization in the intermountain west that includes 24 hospitals, numerous primary care and specialty clinics, and a health plans (health insurance) division. He has worked in the area of medical vocabularies and medical database architecture for the past 20 years. He is currently a co-chair of the Logical Observation Identifier Names and Codes (LOINC) Committee, a member of the Board of Directors of HL7, and a member of the ONC HIT Standards Committee. He teaches a course in medical vocabulary and data exchange standards at the University of Utah.

Emory Fry, Founder and Chief Medical Informatics Officer – Cognitive Medical Systems. A neonatologist and healthcare informatician, CAPT Emory Fry, MC, USN (ret) served as Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Naval Medical Center, San Diego; regional Chief Information Officer, Navy Medicine West; and Senior Informatics Researcher at the Naval Health Research Center, San Diego. Dr. Fry was the engineering Program Director for the Department of Defense’s Nationwide Health Information Network and Virtual Lifetime Medical Record demonstrations in 2009/2010, and was the Principle Investigator for a number of research initiatives in closed-loop mechanical ventilation, clinical decision support, predictive analytics, ontology development, and healthcare interoperability. Upon retiring from active duty in 2012, he co-founded Cognitive Medical Systems. He is currently engaged in ontology research and developing standards-based terminology services using Semantic Web technologies for the Department of Defense and the Veterans Health Administration.

Conor Dowling, CTO – Caregraf.Conor Dowling is the CTO of Caregraf, which uses Semantic Web technologies to help health-care providers gather and analyze the information they create during the course of a patient’s care. He is a specialist in clinical-data analytics with a focus on how the definition of clinical know-how and institutions shapes the description of patient care.


Josh C. Mandel, Research Faculty – Children’s Hospital Informatics Program at Harvard-MIT. Josh Mandel is a physician and software engineer interested in improving clinical care through information technology. After earning an S.B. in computer science and electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.D. from the Tufts University School of Medicine, he joined the faculty of the Boston Children’s Hospital Informatics Program and Harvard Medical School, where he serves as lead architect of the SMART Project (http://smartplatforms.org). Josh has a special interest in tools and interfaces that support software developers who are new to the health domain.

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