Physician Informatician, Office of Informatics and Analytics in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
Recorded Nov 13, 2014
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In our series on The Yosemite Project, we explore RDF as a data standard for health data. In this installment, we hear from Rafael Richards, Physician Informatician, Office of Informatics and Analytics in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), about “Transformations for Integrating VA data with FHIR in RDF.”
The VistA EHR has its own data model and vocabularies for representing healthcare data. This webinar describes how SPARQL Inference Notation (SPIN) can be used to translate VistA data to the data represented used by FHIR, an emerging interchange standard.
About the Speaker
Rafael Richards, MD MS, is a Physician Informatician in the Office of Informatics and Analytics at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to this Dr. Richards was an Assistant Professor in the Division of Health Science Informatics and Department of Anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins University. Rafael’s current interests and activities are in data standards, medical device data integration, and modernizing VA databases to enable enterprise data federation with Linked Data sources. Prior to medicine, Rafael earned as B.S. Engineering from Swarthmore, M.S. Applied Mathematics from Lehigh University, and worked several years in industry in scientific software applications with IBM and in the UK office of Wolfram Research on Mathematica. Rafael is currently an invited expert in the Semantic Web in Healthcare and Life Sciences of W3C.