Reinvigoration of Semantic Interconnectedness

The VistA Expo 2013 is ongoing and we are finding a lot of interest around the exchange of healthcare information via semantic interchanges. To support this interest and restart the discussion on the OSEHRA site, we have just revived the "Web of Data" working group. If you are not currently a member, please consider joining our effort. If you are a member, consider posting some of your thoughts, work and comments!

Just to remind you, here is the group charter:

"The W3C's push to make data a first class citizen on the web has introduced a host of approaches ("Linked Data") and technologies (SPARQL, OWL, RDF, Microformats) for fully web-based distributed systems. As a highly data-centric system, VistA is a natural fit. This group will explore web-of-data approaches and technologies for VistA with a focus on how they can enable the next generation of VistA system development and expand the community of VistA developers."

All the Best,

- Wes

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healthcare information via semantic interchanges.

Barry Robson's picture


Interesting , thanks. I am amongst other things (including being a practicing epidemiologist  and EBM guy), an "artifact theorist" especially interested in the medical semantic web, medical records, and automated  inference from them, as well as exploring  the basis for  SW4 “The Thinking Web”.   I represent  in part  the QEXL consortium. This consortium of academics and small companies is  researching and prototyping  systems based on  Q-UEL (a Universal Exchange language for healthcare and biomedicine) in response to the President's Council of Advisors in Science and Technology call for it in December 2010. An example document  “Suggestions for a Web Based Universal  Exchange and Inference Language for Medicine” is the first orientation document  on the Standards and Interoperability eHealth EU-US initiative at

http://wiki.siframework.org/Interoperability+of+EHR+Work+Group  or downloaded  directly

http://wiki.siframework.org/file/view/UELRobson102corrections.pdf/451304614/UELRobson102corrections.pdf

This will appear as a paper in Computers in Biology and Medicine and appears at the S&I site with special permission of the Editor-in-Chief of that journal. The published form will be rather similar but get rid of some annoying math typos that appear in the above pdf file (though they do not affect the overall message). Unlike our previous efforts at IBM

http://xml.coverpages.org/ni2004-10-11-a.html

this effort  is not XML-focused, but does  represent  an XML extension  based on a long standard notation of theoretical physicists (for representing observations and measurements and drawing probabilistic inference from them).  Of course it is designed to be XML-interconvertible and even has a currently legal XML form, but  it is much prettier in physicist’s format which fortuitously looks  like like the requires XML extension for semantics anyway. Recent interest here does include MUMPS/VistA  - HL7 intercommunications  as discussed on the Next Generation VistA OSEHRA group blog site (and the Medical Semantic Web  Alternative Thinkers”  LinkedIn group ).

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Q-UEL "Web of Data"/"Thinking Web" R&D effort.

Barry Robson's picture

Many thanks of your note to increase awareness of  this effort by of our brothers and sisters in this field, and revitalize it. It is timely. I'd like to draw your attention to our efforts.  I am amongst other things (including being a practicing epidemiologist  and EBM guy), an "artifact theorist" especially interested in the medical semantic web, medical records, and automated  inference from them, as well as exploring  the basis for  SW4 “The Thinking Web”.   I represent  in part  the QEXL consortium. This consortium of academics and small companies is  researching and prototyping  systems based on  Q-UEL (a Universal Exchange language for healthcare and biomedicine) in response to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology call for it in December 2010. An example document  “Suggestions for a Web Based Universal  Exchange and Inference Language for Medicine” is the first orientation document  on the Standards and Interoperability eHealth EU-US initiative at

http://wiki.siframework.org/Interoperability+of+EHR+Work+Group  or downloaded  directly

http://wiki.siframework.org/file/view/UELRobson102corrections.pdf/451304614/UELRobson102corrections.pdf

This will appear as a paper in Computers in Biology and Medicine and appears at the S&I site with special permission of the Editor-in-Chief of that journal. The published form will be rather similar but get rid of some annoying math typos that appear in the above pdf file (though they do not affect the overall message). Unlike our previous efforts at IBM

http://xml.coverpages.org/ni2004-10-11-a.html

this effort  is not XML-focused, but does  represent  an XML extension  based on a long standard notation of theoretical physicists (for representing observations and measurements and drawing probabilistic inference from them).  Of course it is designed to be XML-interconvertible and even has a currently legal XML form, but  it is much prettier in physicist’s format which fortuitously looks  like like the requires XML extension for semantics anyway. Recent interest here does include MUMPS/VistA  - HL7 intercommunications  as discussed on the Next Generation VistA OSEHRA group blog site (and the Medical Semantic Web  Alternative Thinkers”  LinkedIn group ).

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graphs everywhere - and VistA's GraphMan already

conor dowling's picture
Wes, just to throw in a few things ... Here's a link to the presentation I gave at VistA Expertise meeting ... Graphs are everywhere. it goes into graphs in general and where VistA is such a good fit. And myself and Rafael Richards wrote this paper, Health-data is just Data. More of the same really - that the Graph is a right motif for the data we deal with. Conor
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