Aligning Semantic Interoperability Frameworks with the FOXS Stack for FAIR Health Data

Meredith, John and Whitehead, Nik and Dacey, Michael (2022) Aligning Semantic Interoperability Frameworks with the FOXS Stack for FAIR Health Data. Methods of Information in Medicine. ISSN 2511-705X

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Background: FAIR Guiding Principles present a synergy with the use cases for digital health records, in that clinical data needs to be found, accessible within a range of environments, data must interoperate between systems and subsequently reused. The use of HL7 FHIR, openEHR, IHE XDS and SNOMED CT (FOXS) together represent a specification to create an open digital health platform for modern healthcare applications. Objectives: To describe where logical FOXS components align to the European Open Science Cloud Interoperability Framework (EOSC-IF) reference architecture for semantic interoperability. This should provide a means of defining if FOXS aligns to FAIR principles and establish the data models and structures that support longitudinal care records as being fit to underpin scientific research. Methods: The EOSC-IF Semantic View is a representation of semantic interoperability where meaning is preserved between systems and users. This was analysed and cross referenced with FOXS architectural components, mapping concepts and objects that describe content such as catalogues and semantic artefacts. Results: Majority of conceptual Semantic View components were featured within FOXS architecture. Semantic Business Objects are composed of a range of elements such as openEHR archetypes and templates, FHIR resources and profiles, SNOMED CT concepts and XDS document identifiers. Semantic Functional Content comprises of catalogues of metadata were also supported by openEHR and FHIR tools. Conclusions: Despite some elements of EOSC-IF being vague (e.g., FAIR Digital Object), there was a broad conformance to the framework concepts and the components of a FOXS platform. This work supports a health domain specific view of semantic interoperability, and how this may be achieved to support FAIR data for health research via a standardised framework.

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Additional Information: ** From Crossref journal articles via Jisc Publications Router ** History: issued 06-12-2022.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Health Information Management, Advanced and Specialized Nursing, Health Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
T Technology > T Technology (General)
SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Depositing User: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2022 14:00
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2023 13:49

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