Letter to the Editor: FHIR RDF - Why the world needs structured electronic health records

Abstract

This comment discusses the benefits of representing and reusing the information in Electronic Health Record databases as knowledge graphs in the RDF format based on the FHIR RDF specification. As a structured representation of clinical data, FHIR RDF-based electronic health records allow a simpler and more effective integration of biomedical information using semantic alignment, queries, interoperability, and federation to provide better support for health practice and research.

Houcemeddine Turki
Houcemeddine Turki
Medical student

My research interests include the development of a large-scale framework for using open resources and semantic technologies for driving biomedical informatics and research evaluation at a low cost.

Mohamed Ali Hadj Taieb
Mohamed Ali Hadj Taieb
Assistant professor

My research interests include semantic similarity, semantic relatedness, knowledge representation, Big Data, social media, data management systems and graph embedding.

Mohamed Ben Aouicha
Mohamed Ben Aouicha
Associate professor

My research interests concern information retrieval, semantic technologies, social media analytics, knowledge representation, Big Data and graph embedding.