Standardize the Standards: Using RDF for Healthcare Information Interoperability – Part 6 of Yosemite Series

steering-david-booth_100David Booth, PhD
Senior software architect at Hokukahu LLC

Recorded: Thursday Oct. 22, 2015
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One of the major themes in the Yosemite Project interoperability roadmap is to standardize the standards, using RDF as a common foundation.  What does this mean, and how can it be achieved?  Healthcare currently has over 100 standard vocabularies in use, and many more proprietary vocabularies.  They use a wide variety of data models and data formats, and often define similar terms inconsistently.  How can we now link existing standards in a common, computable way?  How can we eventually converge on a consistent set of shared concepts that span healthcare’s many specialties and use cases?  And how can we do this while allowing new use cases and specialties to evolve and improve efficiently?  This webinar explains how we can realistically make our healthcare information standards — both de jure and de facto — work together as though they are parts of one large, consistent standard covering all of healthcare.

About the Speaker

David Booth, PhD, is a senior software architect at Hokukahu LLC, 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.