Semantic Interoperability of Medical Information Systems

A friend of mine sent me a link reporting about the Artemis Project, which is described as a A Semantic Web Service-based P2P Infrastructure for the Interoperability of Medical Information Systems. Quite a mouthful. There’s a good introductory PowerPoint presentation as well. They’ve done a good job taking all the stuff we’ve been working on in the semantic web workgroups and applied it directly to healthcare data interoperability through web services standards. Of course, we know that HL7 has been around for while and it works well for pure exchange of information but without semantics (meaning) it’s only useful up to a point. Artemis seems to be a great start in trying to exchange the meaning of data in additional to the data itself.

I plan to take a deeper look soon and report back on whether it might be useful in a production capacity or if it’s just an academic and pilot exercise right now. My guess is that it’s the latter (from what I can see right now). But the ideas they’re espousing, while not new, are certainly useful.

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2 thoughts on “Semantic Interoperability of Medical Information Systems

  1. Shahid,

    Actually there are several follow-on peices occurring with EU funding associated with Artemis and more. Professor Dobac is well known in this field. Quite a bit is conceptual – but there are also production pieces occurring through the implementation partner companies. Her team has just also produced a very cool open source visual editor for creating business process models – see http://www.freebxml.org

  2. Looks great drrw, thanks for the link. By the way, if you’ve done some writing on the subject I’d be honored to invite you to talk about Artemis in a guest article. What folks in health IT business/commercial community can use or learn from it, how it could be helpful to them in the short run, etc. Let me know if you’re interested (drop me a note at shahid@shah.org).

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