Ontology-based framework for electronic health records interoperability

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2011:169:694-8.


The use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) is wide spread in healthcare. One of the most challenging tasks for EHR systems is to achieve computable semantic interoperability. To address EHR interoperability, a number of standardization efforts are progressing, however these standards are either incomplete in terms of functionality or lacking specification of precise meaning of underlying data. This paper describes an interoperable EHR framework that uses an ontology-based approach to facilitate exchange of information and knowledge among EHR. Based on the proposed framework, an interoperability scenario between a Personal Health Record System, an EHR and a Laboratory System is described.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Computer Systems
  • Hospital Information Systems
  • Humans
  • Information Storage and Retrieval
  • Medical Informatics / methods*
  • Medical Record Linkage / methods*
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized / organization & administration*
  • Patient Care Management / organization & administration*
  • Semantics
  • Software
  • Systems Integration