Electronic Healthcare. Third International Conference, eHealth 2010, Casablanca, Morocco, December 13-15, 2010, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Integrating Consumer-Oriented Vocabularies with Selected Professional Ones from the UMLS Using Semantic Web Technologies

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-23635-8_7,
        author={Elena Cardillo and Genaro Hernandez and Olivier Bodenreider},
        title={Integrating Consumer-Oriented Vocabularies with Selected Professional Ones from the UMLS Using Semantic Web Technologies},
        proceedings={Electronic Healthcare. Third International Conference, eHealth 2010, Casablanca, Morocco, December 13-15, 2010, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={E-HEALTH},
        year={2012},
        month={10},
        keywords={Medical-Terminology Integration UMLS Semantic Web},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-23635-8_7}
    }
    
  • Elena Cardillo
    Genaro Hernandez
    Olivier Bodenreider
    Year: 2012
    Integrating Consumer-Oriented Vocabularies with Selected Professional Ones from the UMLS Using Semantic Web Technologies
    E-HEALTH
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-23635-8_7
Elena Cardillo,*, Genaro Hernandez,*, Olivier Bodenreider1,*
  • 1: National Library of Medicine
*Contact email: cardillo@fbk.eu, genaroh1@umbc.edu, olivier@nlm.nih.gov

Abstract

During the past few years, many consumer-oriented vocabularies have been developed to reflect the multitude of ways consumers express health topics, in order to help lay users access health information and manage their personal healthcare data. To address problems such as interoperability, ambiguity, and heterogeneity of medical information, the lay expressions from consumer vocabularies need to be mapped to the specialized vocabulary used by professionals (i.e., mapped to terms from existing medical vocabularies). This paper presents an approach for creating an Integration Framework for the General Practice domain. Our work leverages the Italian consumer-oriented medical vocabulary and its mapping to the ICPC2 terminology. We exploit mappings to four other professional vocabularies available through the UMLS Metathesaurus. Semantic Web technologies provide a platform for the representation of medical terms and their inter-relations. This framework could facilitate the exchange of information between consumers and healthcare professionals in health information systems.