Evaluation of a Fuzzy Ontology-Based Medical Information System

Evaluation of a Fuzzy Ontology-Based Medical Information System

David Parry (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand)
DOI: 10.4018/jhisi.2006010103


Evidence-based medicine (EBM) requires appropriate information to be available to clinicians at the point of care. Electronic sources of information may fulfill this need but require a high level of skill to use successfully. This paper describes the rationale and initial testing of a system to allow collaborative search and ontology construction for professional groups in the health sector. The approach is based around the use of a browser using a fuzzy ontology based on the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Unified Medical Language System (UMLS). This approach may provide high quality information for professionals in the future.

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