Lecture: Overview of terminology-related projects such as UMLS by Suresh Srinivasan on 4/12/2011

Overview of terminology-related projects such as UMLS

Brown Bag Lecture by Suresh Srinivasan | 4/12/2011 11AM-12PM | 7th Floor Conference Room, Bldg 38A

Abstract: In this talk, I will present a brief overview of different terminology-related projects we support in my branch, such as the UMLS, MeSH, RxNorm, SNOMED CT, etc., some of which are required for Meaningful Use of EHRs in the U.S. I will then focus on the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) Metathesaurus to highlight some of the challenges with terminologies and information models and how proper tooling support is key.

I will discuss the UMLS Terminology Services (UTS) infrastructure we are building to support these and future initiatives, including a comprehensive Web services API to access domain objects, a single sign-on facility, a centralized download site for artifacts, UMLS and SNOMED CT browsers, etc. I will also briefly introduce a request submission system for content requests for SNOMED CT, both the International version and the US extension that ties in to the UTS infrastructure.

Biography: Suresh Srinivasan is Chief of the Medical Language Branch in the Office of Computer and Communications Systems (OCCS) and has held that position since 2008. Prior to that, he worked in the Computer Science Branch of the Lister Hill Center for nearly 20 years on several projects related to Terminology (UMLS Metathesaurus, MeSH, Information Sources Map), NLP tools (SPECIALIST lexicon and lexical tools), World-Wide Web (URN, Online images, etc.). He also worked for two years as the Principal Researcher at the Internet Lab of Thomson Technology Services Group.
Among the projects he manages now are the UMLS production and editing (MEME), the UMLS Terminology Services Portal (UTS), the editing support and production of RxNorm and MeSH , a variety of projects related to SNOMED CT, including request submission and U.S. Extension.
He has a Masters degree in Operations Research and Statistics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelors from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

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