Clinical Knowledge Management

The Clinical Knowledge Management Research Team, originated by Professor Alan Rector, has a thirty-year history of leading innovations in

  • developing useful and usable clinical systems,
  • development of health terminologies and ontologies,
  • clinical user interfaces,
  • application of Semantic Web technologies in the clinical domain,
  • analysis of electronic medial records.

The result is a group with the knowledge to drive the conception and development of new methods and systems for the growing desire to be able to integrate knowledge all the way from the roots of bio-molecular research to their eventual clinical application. In order to do this, the group as a whole has a strong informatics and clinical background, along with considerable experience with ontology development and Semantic Web technologies.

As part of our broader goals, we aim to combine high-quality research in health-informatics and computer science in general, with practical development that brings added value to a notoriously difficult clinical environment.

The group closely cooperate with the Northwest Institute of BioHealth Informatics (NIBHI) on a number of  projects in health/clinical informatics, ranging from e-health and management of electronic health records, to clinical text mining to advanced public health to statistics and epidemiology.

One of the key projects and themes for the  Clinical Knowledge Management Research Team is a collaboration with  Siemens Medical Solutions to develop the next generation of context-sensitive clinical systems and associated knowledge management technologies. The core task is to develop the Knowledge Management Environment (KME)and run-time services that use clinical  knowledge to support clinical end-user interfaces. Transparently to the user, we use OWL and other semantic technologies to underpin the document outline with semantics that allows us to manage context, merge content, and implement associations, and rules.

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