Ontologies in Medicine

Ontologies in Medicine

by D.M. Pisanelli
     
 

ISBN-10: 1586034189

ISBN-13: 9781586034184

Pub. Date: 01/01/2004

Publisher: IOS Press, Incorporated

It is now widely acknowledged that ontologies can make a significant contribution to the design and implementation of information systems in the medical field. The aim of this book is both to review fundamental theoretical issues in ontology and to demonstrate the practical effectiveness of the ontological approach by means of a series of case studies in specific

Overview

It is now widely acknowledged that ontologies can make a significant contribution to the design and implementation of information systems in the medical field. The aim of this book is both to review fundamental theoretical issues in ontology and to demonstrate the practical effectiveness of the ontological approach by means of a series of case studies in specific problem areas. It begins with a discussion of the usefulness of ontology in solving problems in the field of medical terminology, including disambiguation of polysemous terms and organization of very large corpora. It goes on to consider the role played by ontologies in the integration and alignment of heterogeneous knowledge sources, in particular in the field of clinical guidelines and evidence-based medicine. Also included are discussions of basic issues of formal ontology, such as how to represent space, time and granularity in biomedical information systems, and discussions of specific high-level medical categories, such as organ systems and their functions. Other papers describe applications of ontology in the field of genomics and in the domain of organ transplantation, and also methods by which mistakes, cycles and inconsistencies in medical ontologies can be detected. The whole presents a unique survey of the most important contributions to the topic of formal ontology in medicine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586034184
Publisher:
IOS Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2004
Series:
Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Pages:
170
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.70(d)

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