Making health databases accessible using the semantic web

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has title::Making health databases accessible using the semantic web
status: finished
Master: project within::Information Sciences
Student name: student name::Jochem Stout
Start start date:=2010/03/01
End end date:=2011/08/02
Supervisor: Annette ten Teije / Rinke Hoekstra
Second reader: has second reader::Jacco van Ossenbruggen
Company: has company::RIVM
Thesis: has thesis::Media:Thesis.pdf
Poster: has poster::Media:Posternaam.pdf

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Semantic Web technology has made it possible to gain access to databases and integrate them semantically. This integration will make it possible to derive new information in an automated process. In this case, the RIVM ( wants to semantically integrade the health databases of Eurostat, OECD and WHO HFA. The databases of these institutions have large amounts of data on healthcare within Europe. The data in these databases are grouped into indicators. Examples of performance indicators are "Number of traffic deaths per capital" or "Psychiatric care beds in hospitals". This healthcare data is useful for medical specialists as well as management as they can make policy decisions based upon this data.

This project is a pilot for the RIVM to investigate the possibilities of the current semantic web technology and to see if the semantic web is useful for integrating health databases. The integrated databases will be tested if they can be searched on indicators and classification systems like SNOMED and ICD9/10. It must be possible to compare indicators of the Eurostat/WHO HFA/OECD databases that are (partly) similar. A result of this project will be an online application that must be easy to use. The user must benefit from the semantic integration of the databases without the notion of using difficult technologies.

The semantic databases that are the result can be used in other projects like the website