Can Existing Biomedical Ontologies Be More Useful for EHR and CDS?

  • Jesualdo Tomás Fernández-BreisEmail author
  • Manuel Quesada-Martínez
  • Astrid Duque-Ramos
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10096)


The interoperability of Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Clinical Decision Support (CDS) systems is a major challenge in the medical informatics field. International initiatives propose the use of ontologies for bridging both types of systems. The next-generation of EHR and CDS systems are supposed to use ontologies, or at least ontologies should be fundamental for enabling their interoperability. This situation makes necessary to analyze if current ontologies are ready for playing such intended role. In this paper we describe and discuss some important issues that need to be solved in order to have optimal ontologies for such a purpose, such as the need for increasing reuse in ontologies, as well as getting axiomatically richer ontologies. We also describe how our recent research results in the areas of ontology enrichment and ontology evaluation may contribute to such a goal.


Electronic Health Records Clinical decision-support systems Semantic interoperability Ontology quality Ontology enrichment 



This work has been partially funded by to the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, the FEDER Programme and by the Fundación Séneca through grants TIN2014-53749-C2-2-R and 19371/PI/14.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jesualdo Tomás Fernández-Breis
    • 1
    Email author
  • Manuel Quesada-Martínez
    • 1
  • Astrid Duque-Ramos
    • 1
  1. 1.Facultad de Informática, Instituto Murciano de Investigación Biosanitaria, IMIB-Arrixaca-UMUUniversidad de MurciaMurciaSpain

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