There is much automation in the medical world, both in treatment and billing. One of those that were hardest for physicians to accept was clinical pathways. A clinical pathway is a common medical treatment for a disease and care developed by one of the most appropriate care plans. These are used as management models in an effort to improve health care quality and to control medical costs. Standardized electronic clinical pathways use ontologies as shared conceptual models or knowledge organization.

We found this interesting topic on the Cancer Research Center blog in a post titled, “An Empirical Study of Construction Method for Clinical Pathway Ontology Conceptual Framework.” We know is that it has never been more important to approach knowledge organization based on accepted and shared standards. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies that can help you generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies.

Melody K. Smith

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