Date of Award

Summer 8-2020

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Engineering Management

Program/Concentration

Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Committee Director

T. Steven Cotter

Committee Member

Charles B. Daniels

Committee Member

C. Ariel Pinto

Committee Member

Mustafa Canan

Abstract

Currently, electronic medical records (EMR) cannot be exchanged among hospitals, clinics, laboratories, pharmacies, and insurance providers or made available to patients outside of local networks. Hospital, laboratory, pharmacy, and insurance provider legacy databases can share medical data within a respective network and limited data with patients. The lack of interoperability has its roots in the historical development of electronic medical records. Two issues contribute to interoperability failure. The first is that legacy medical record databases and expert systems were designed with semantics that support only internal information exchange. The second is ontological commitment to the semantics of a particular knowledge representation language formalism. This research seeks to address these interoperability failures through demonstration of the capability of a core reference, hierarchical primitive ontological architecture with concept primitive attributes definitions to integrate and resolve non-interoperable semantics among and extend coverage across existing clinical, drug, and hospital ontologies and terminologies.

DOI

10.25777/wjc6-pr53

ISBN

9798678107756

ORCID

0000-0002-0531-2367

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