Are clinical terminologies and other healthcare data standards realizing their goals of system interoperability and data compatibility? Do they enhance or detract from EHR usability? How usable are the terminologies and standards themselves? Can systems developers understand them enough to incorporate them into EHR design? Can clinicians understand them well enough to reliably communicate to both computers and humans? Can researchers benefit from these standards? Do they enable translational science? Do they support or inhibit research reproducibility? What work remains to be done? What approaches are needed to realize the vision of interoperability and data compatibility?
The Clinical and Translational Science Ontology Group invites you to join us this September in Buffalo as we assess the state of the art in clinical terminologies and ontologies and build a research agenda for closing the “interoperability” and “data compatibility” gap. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Stefan Schulz who will address the reliability of professional SNOMED CT coding and what ontological approaches might help to improve it.
For further details, see the event website.