The Yosemite Project for Healthcare Information Interoperability – Part 1 of Yosemite Series

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

Recorded July 9, 2015
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Healthcare data originates in a wide variety of data formats, data models and vocabularies, making information interoperability a major challenge. Although many standards exist, and each one strives for a level of interoperability within its scope, in the aggregate these standards form an uncoordinated patchwork that thwarts interoperability. Furthermore, even when standards are used, translation between data formats, data models and vocabularies is still needed, for a variety of reasons.

The Yosemite Project describes an ambitious roadmap for achieving semantic interoperability of all structured healthcare information. Based on RDF as the best available candidate for a universal information representation, this roadmap addresses both the need to ‘standardize the standards’ and the opportunity to crowdsource data translations that are still required for information interoperability.

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.