Why RDF for Healthcare Interoperability – Part 2 of Yosemite Series

steering-david-booth_100David Booth, PhD
Senior software architect at Hawaii Resource Group and at Rancho BioSciences

Recorded July 23, 2015
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The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) identified the need for a universal healthcare exchange language as a key enabler for healthcare information interoperability.  This presentation briefly explains why Resource Description Framework (RDF) is the “best available candidate” for this use, both in terms of its general characteristics for enabling information information integration and interoperability, and for its suitability to address the particular complexities of healthcare information interoperability.  RDF complements other healthcare information standards by providing a common semantic basis for achieving information interoperability without requiring major changes to existing IT infrastructure.  RDF is not “just another data format”.  It is fundamentally different from other frequently used information representations such as XML or JSON.  This presentation explains why.

About the Speaker

David Booth, PhD, is a senior software architect at Hawaii Resource Group and at Rancho BioSciences, using Semantic Web technology to make clinical healthcare data interoperable between diverse systems. He previously worked at KnowMED, using Semantic Web technology for healthcare quality-of-care and clinical outcomes measurement, and at PanGenX, applying Semantic Web technology to genomics in support of personalized medicine. Before that he worked on Cleveland Clinic’s SemanticDB project, which uses RDF and other semantic technologies to perform cardiovascular research. Prior to that was a software architect at HP Software. He was also a W3C Fellow from 2002 to 2005, where he worked on Web Services standards before becoming involved in Semantic Web technology. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA.