Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
T. Steven Cotter
Charles B. Daniels
C. Ariel Pinto
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.
"A Core Reference Hierarchical Primitive Ontology for Electronic Medical Records Semantics Interoperability"
(2020). Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Dissertation, Engineering Management, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/wjc6-pr53