A semantic approach for the homogeneous identification of events in eight patient databases: A contribution to the European eu-ADR project

Paul Avillach*, Fleur Mougin, Michel Joubert, Frantz Thiessard, Antoine Pariente, Jean Charles Dufour, Gianluca Trifirò, Giovanni Polimeni, Maria Antonietta Catania, Carlo Giaquinto, Giampiero Mazzaglia, Gianluca Baio, Ron Herings, Rosa Gini, Julia Hippisley-Cox, Mariam Molokhia, Lars Pedersen, Annie Fourrier-Réglat, Miriam Sturkenboom, Marius Fieschi

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Abstract

The overall objective of the eu-ADR project is the design, development, and validation of a computerised system that exploits data from electronic health records and biomedical databases for the early detection of adverse drug reactions. Eight different databases, containing health records of more than 30 million European citizens, are involved in the project. Unique queries cannot be performed across different databases because of their heterogeneity: Medical record and Claims databases, four different terminologies for coding diagnoses, and two languages for the information described in free text. The aim of our study was to provide database owners with a common basis for the construction of their queries. Using the UMLS, we provided a list of medical concepts, with their corresponding terms and codes in the four terminologies, which should be considered to retrieve the relevant information for the events of interest from the databases.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedical Informatics in a United and Healthy Europe - Proceedings of MIE 2009
Subtitle of host publicationThe 22nd International Congress of the European Federation for Medical Informatics
PublisherIOS Press
Pages190-194
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781607500445
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009
Event22nd International Conference on Medical Informatics Europe, MIE 2009 - Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Duration: 30 Aug 20092 Sept 2009

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume150
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Conference

Conference22nd International Conference on Medical Informatics Europe, MIE 2009
Country/TerritoryBosnia and Herzegovina
CitySarajevo
Period30/08/092/09/09

Keywords

  • Database extraction
  • Semantic interoperability
  • Terminology
  • UMLS

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