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General Departmental Seminar Series

Standard Vocabularies for Health Care: The State of the Art

Dr. Jason Lyman, Assistant Professor, Division of Clinical Informatics, Department of Health Evaluation Sciences, University of Virginia Health System at Charlottesville, Virginia.

Friday, Dec 13, 2002, 12:00 pm

G5/136-142 Clinical Sciences Center, 600 Highland Ave.


A fundamental challenge in medical informatics continues to be the "representation of patient data in usable form" (Cimino, 1995). Existing coding and classification systems in widespread use meet basic financial needs of health care delivery, but lack the ability to represent detailed, unambiguous clinical concepts, have limited information about how concepts are related to each other. Increasingly, comprehensive medical vocabularies are becoming available, but challenges remain, primarily around their implementation. The focus of this presentation will be on existing terminologies, their evaluation, and challenges to widespread adoption.

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