Building a Semantic Interoperability Framework for Care and Research in Fibromuscular Dysplasia

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2015;216:217-21.


Identifying patients with Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD) at the international level will have considerable value for understanding the epidemiology, clinical manifestations and susceptible genes in this arterial disease, but also for identifying eligible patients in clinical trials or cohorts. We present a two-step methodology to create a general semantic interoperability framework allowing access and comparison of distributed data over various nations, languages, formats and databases.

Methods: The first step is to develop a pivot multidimensional model based on a core dataset to harmonize existing heterogeneous data sources. The second step is to align the model to additional data, semantically related to FMD and collected currently in various registries. We present the results of the first step that has been fully completed with the validation and implementation of the model in a dedicated information system (SIR-FMD). We discuss the current achievements for step 2 and the extensibility of the methodology in the context of other rare diseases.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / organization & administration*
  • Electronic Health Records / organization & administration*
  • Fibromuscular Dysplasia / diagnosis
  • France
  • Health Information Exchange
  • Humans
  • Medical Record Linkage / methods*
  • Models, Organizational
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Semantics*
  • Terminology as Topic*
  • Vocabulary, Controlled*