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May 30, 2019

In a blog from last year, I summarized a variety of national and local efforts to hasten the..

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Basic Interoperability with RxNorm

As we here at Clinical Architecture have been developing our Symedical product, I have had the pleasure of spending some quality time with UMLS Metathesaurus and..

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What are the characteristics of a good terminology?

When looking into what makes a good terminology, I would be remiss if I did not mention Dr. James Cimino's ‘Desiderata for Controlled Medical Vocabularies in the 21st..

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Medical Terminologies - What’s in a Name?

If you are new to the wonderful world of Medical Terminologies, it can be somewhat confusing.

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The Audacity of Scope : Project Execution Pointers #1

Project Execution Pointers are my thoughts on why projects go astray and what prevents us, as faithful software professionals, from achieving our objectives in a..

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Rule of Thumb – Drug Allergy Alerts

One of the most often implemented clinical decision support modules, across the spectrum of healthcare applications, is drug allergy checking.  In drug allergy..

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Clinical Interoperability - The Antics of Semantics

Semantic interoperability deals with the actual "language" contained in the conversation between applications.  Solving the syntactic interoperability issue by using..

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Clinical Interoperability - Getting the Message Across

As mentioned in the first article in this series, two critical parts of Clinical Interoperability are physical and syntactic interoperability.   These two are..
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Why is Clinical Interoperability Important?

Now that we have a documented definition for clinical interoperability and its macro components, the next reasonable question is: "Why is clinical interoperability..

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What is Clinical Interoperability?

If you have seen the movie Independence Day, you may recall that the nerd/hero of the movie, played by Jeff Goldblum, saves the day by interfacing with the alien mother..

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Three Principles of Good Architecture

The Roman architect Vitruvius in his treatise on architecture, De Architectura, asserted that there were three principles of good architecture:

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