A descriptive semantic formalism for medicine

  title={A descriptive semantic formalism for medicine},
  author={Carole Anne Goble and Andrzej J. Glowinski and W. A. Nowlan and Alan L. Rector},
  journal={Proceedings of IEEE 9th International Conference on Data Engineering},
It is argued that current clinical information systems incorporate oversimplistic, prescriptive data models that are not faithful to clinicians' observations. A non-prescriptive descriptive semantic formalism, Structured Meta Knowledge (SMK), which unifies a terminological knowledge base with controlled assertional capabilities with the medical record and supports the semantic control necessitated by such an approach, is proposed. The three-layer model of categories, individuals, and… CONTINUE READING

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