Workshop Program

9:30 – 11:15 Session 1: Semantic Interoperability in Health Care

Welcome by Workshop Organizers
How Ontologies can Improve Semantic Interoperability in Health Care (Keynote)
Stefan Schulz

SemanticCT: A Semantically-Enabled System for Clinical Trials
Zhisheng Huang, Annette ten Teije and Frank van Harmelen.
11:15 – 11:45 Coffee Break
11:45 – 13:00 Session 2: Modeling Clinical Guidelines

Identifying Condition-Action Sentences Using a Heuristic-based Information Extraction Method
Reinhardt Wenzina and Katharina Kaiser
Supporting Computer-Interpretable Guidelines' - Modeling by Automatically Classifying Clinical Actions
Anne-Lyse Minard and Katharina Kaiser

Discovering Probabilistic Structures of Care
Arjen Hommersom, Sicco Verwer and Peter Lucas
13:00 – 14:45 Lunch Break
14:45 – 16:30
Session 3: Knowledge-based Techniques for Handling Clinical Data

Implementation of a System for Intelligent Summarization of Longitudinal Clinical Records
Ayelet Goldstein and Yuval Shahar

Knowledge-based Patient Data Generation
Zhisheng Huang, Frank Van Harmelen, Annette Ten Teije and Kathrin Dentler
An Ontology-Driven Personalization Framework for Designing Theory-Driven
Self-Management Interventions
Syed Sibte Raza Abidi and Samina Abidi
Coping with Temporal Indeterminacy in Medical Data (Short presentation)
Luca Anselma and Paolo Terenziani
16:30 – 17:00 Coffee Break
17:00 – 18:30 Session 4: Context-aware Services and Guidance

Dynamic Homecare Service Provisioning: A Field Test and its Results
Alireza Zarghami, Mohammad Zarifi Eslami, Marten van Sinderen and Roel Wieringa
iALARM: an Intelligent Alert Language for Activation, Response, and Monitoring of Medical Alerts
Denis Klimov and Yuval Shahar
GLM-CDS: A Standards-based Verifiable Guideline Model for Decision Support in Clinical Applications
Marco Iannaccone, Massimo Esposito and Giuseppe De Pietro

Architecture for a Ubiquitous Context-aware Clinical Guidance System for Patients and Care Providers (Short presentation)
Mor Peleg, Tom Broens, Arturo González-Ferrer and Erez Shalom.

Long-papers are allocated 20 minuts for presentation and 5 minuts for questions.
Short-papers are allocated 12 minuts for presentation and 3  minuts for questions.
Keynote will be 60 minuts + 15 minuts for questions.
Welcome will be 5 minuts.

Invited Talk

How ontologies can improve Semantic Interoperability in Health Care

Stefan SCHULZ  (Univ.-Prof. Dr. med.)

Institut für Medizinische Informatik,
Statistik und Dokumentation
Medizinische Universität Graz

Graz (Austria)

The main rationale of biomedical terminologies and formalized information models is to provide semantic standards to improve the exchange of meaningful clinical information. Whereas terminologies should express context-independent meanings of domain terms, information models are built to represent the situational and epistemic contexts in which domain terms are used. In practice, semantic interoperability is encumbered by a plurality of different encodings of the same piece of clinical information. The same meaning can be represented by single codes in different terminologies, pre- and postcoordinated expressions in the same terminology, as well as by different combinations of (partly overlapping) terminologies and information models.

Formal ontologies can support the automatically recognition and processing of such heterogeneous but isosemantic expressions. In the SemanticHealthNet Network of Excellence a semantic framework is being built which addresses the goal of semantic interoperability by proposing a generalized methodology of transforming existing resources into “semantically enhanced” ones. The semantic enhancements consist in annotations as OWL axioms which commit to an upper-level ontology that provides categories, relations, and constraints for both domain entities and informational entities. The prospects and the challenges of this approach – particularly human and computational limitations – are discussed.

Slides are made available here (local copy here).