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Flexible Clinical Terminology

Objective

GALEN-IN-USE is part of a comprehensive European strategy for integrated and open health care information systems. It will support telematics for the promotion of more flexible multilingually-based clinical terminology and classification. It will also highlight the effectiveness of clinical systems using these resources and encourage their further development. Project applications will rely on a readily adaptable grammar and lexicon of concepts rather than a fixed set of terms or descriptive headings. Validation will cover the fields of general practice, diabetic treatment and cardiology.

GALEN-IN-USE is an essential part of a comprehensive strategy for integrated healthcare records and open healthcare information systems. GALEN-IN-USE will catalyse the development of Europe-wide telematic infrastructure to harmonise and maintain multilingual resources for clinical language, terminology and classification. It will demonstrate effective clinical systems using these resources and effective tools to maintain and develop them.

GALEN-IN-USE will cooperate with the European Federation of Classification Centres to demonstrate new techniques for harmonising national terminologies and classifications. Medical procedures is taken as the test case because of their economic importance and the demand from users internationally for a more flexible terminology. GALEN's techniques allow great flexibility in tailoring the terminology to local and national needs because they are based on a 'reference model' -- a grammar and lexicon of concepts which can be recombined and reorganised as required -- rather than a fixed set of terms or 'rubrics'.

GALEN-IN-USE will validate the resources developed through demonstrators covering clinical protocols and data entry systems for General Practice, Diabetic Care and Cardiology in cooperation with other projects in the Fourth Framework Programme and national initiatives.

GALEN-IN-USE will contribute to an open multilingual environment for clinical systems across Europe.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

University of Manchester
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
United Kingdom

Participants (7)

EUROPEAN FEDERATION OF CODING CENTRES
Netherlands
Address
76,Barbarostraat
6522 DR Nijmegen
GSF MEDIS - NATIONAL RESEARCH CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH
Germany
Address
1,Ingolstadter Landstrasse
85758 Oberschleissheim
HOPITAL CANTONAL UNIVERSITAIRE DE GENEVE
Switzerland
Address
24,Rue Micheli Du Crest
1211 Geneve
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT NIJMEGEN
Netherlands
Address
Pob 9101
6500 HB Nijmegen
OLE-OFFICE LINE ENGINEERING NV
Belgium
Address
20,Hazenakkerstraat
9520 Zonnegem (Sint Lievens Hout)
SWEDISH INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH SERVICES DEVELOPMENT
Sweden
Address

107 26 Stockholm
VTT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Finland
Address
P.o. Box 1203
02044 Vtt