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Journal of Korean Society of Medical Informatics 2009;15(1):1-11.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4258/jksmi.2009.15.1.1    Published online March 31, 2009.
Clinical Terminologies: A Solution for Semantic Interoperability
Hyeoun Ae Park1, Nick Hardiker2
1College of Nursing, Seoul National University, Korea.
2University of Salford, UK.
Correspondence:  Hyeoun Ae Park,

To realize the benefits of electronic health records, electronic health record information needs to be shared seamlessly and meaningfully. Clinical terminology systems, one of the current semantic interoperability solutions, were reviewed in this article. Definition, types, brief history, and examples of clinical terminologieswere introduced along with phases of clinical terminology use and issues on clinical terminology use in electronic health records. Other attempts to standardize the capture, representation and communication of clinical data were also discussed briefly with future needs.

Key Words: Semantic Interoperability, Electronic Health Record, Clinical Terminology, Reference Terminology, Interface Terminology


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