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. 2016 Sep;22(3):548-61.
doi: 10.1177/1460458215572924. Epub 2015 Mar 13.

Managing Information Well: Toward an Ontology-Driven Informatics Platform for Data Sharing and Secondary Use in Epilepsy Self-Management Research Centers

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Managing Information Well: Toward an Ontology-Driven Informatics Platform for Data Sharing and Secondary Use in Epilepsy Self-Management Research Centers

Satya S Sahoo et al. Health Informatics J. .

Abstract

Epilepsy is a chronic neurological condition that requires active self-management to reduce personal and population burden. The Managing Epilepsy Well Network, funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, conducts research on epilepsy self-management. There is an urgent need to develop an integrated informatics platform to maximize the secondary use of existing Managing Epilepsy Well Network data. We have implemented multiple steps to develop an informatics platform, including: (a) a survey of existing outcome data, (b) identification of common data elements, and (c) an integrated database using an epilepsy domain ontology to reconcile data heterogeneity. The informatics platform enables assessment of epilepsy self-management samples by site and in aggregate to support data interpretations for clinical care and ongoing epilepsy self-management research. The Managing Epilepsy Well informatics platform is expected to help advance epilepsy self-management, improve health outcomes, and has potential application in other thematic research networks.

Keywords: epilepsy; informatics; seizures; self-management.

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