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AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2014 Nov 14;2014:496-505. eCollection 2014.

Evaluation of need for ontologies to manage domain content for the Reportable Conditions Knowledge Management System.

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University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.
L-3 STRATIS, Atlanta, GA.
Northrup Grumman Information Technology, Atlanta, GA.


The Reportable Condition Knowledge Management System (RCKMS) is envisioned to be a single, comprehensive, authoritative, real-time portal to author, view and access computable information about reportable conditions. The system is designed for use by hospitals, laboratories, health information exchanges, and providers to meet public health reporting requirements. The RCKMS Knowledge Representation Workgroup was tasked to explore the need for ontologies to support RCKMS functionality. The workgroup reviewed relevant projects and defined criteria to evaluate candidate knowledge domain areas for ontology development. The use of ontologies is justified for this project to unify the semantics used to describe similar reportable events and concepts between different jurisdictions and over time, to aid data integration, and to manage large, unwieldy datasets that evolve, and are sometimes externally managed.

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