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GALEN: generalised architecture for language encyclopaedias and nomenclature in medicine

The GALEN project developed practical tools and techniques for managing medical language and terminology. It provided a foundation on which to build the next generation of clinical information and electronic patient record systems-enabling technologies to allow clinical information to be captured, represented, manipulated, and displayed.

GALEN has produced 6 kinds of products:
terminology servers, to manipulate terminology, coding systems and medical language using models of clinical concepts; the servers perform transformation between different coding systems and database schemata;
models of medical concepts and terminology; the Core Model is built in a formally sound language, along with associate lexicons, mapping existing coding systems and other auxiliary information;
methodologies and tools for the co-operative development and maintenance of the Core model;
clinical user interfaces and medical record systems to produce efficient data entry and information retrieval systems for direct use by clinicians;
classification managers, which provide new tools for developers of coding and classification systems;
authoring tools for creating and maintaining decision support systems.

Six families of applications are expected to make use of the GALEN terminology server and Core Model:
medical records, clinical user interfaces and clinical information systems;
natural language understanding and translation systems;
clinical decision support systems;
management of, and conversion amongst, coding and classification schemes;
bibliographic retrieval;
information retrieval, intelligent querying and epidemiological analysis.

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