Check out the presentation at the 2012 IHTSDO Showcase in Stockholm.

The availability of semantically rich electronic health records utilizing SNOMED CT as a reference terminology continues to grow, providing new opportunities to improve patient care and reduce costs. However, traditional data warehouses struggle to unleash the full semantic meaning within the health records, as the data is built around a limited number of concepts.

This presentation suggests an alternate strategy for executing meaningful queries. EHR data is represented using an information model bound to SNOMED CT terminology, where the information model is agnostic to the underlying standard (e.g. CIMI reference model, Singapores Logical Reference Model, the UKs Logical Record Architecture, HL7, openEHR). Meaningful queries can be formulated using a query language that utilizes the SNOMED CT compositional grammar for post-coordinated expressions. This allows querying on not only the concept hierarchy but also the defining relationships as well, resulting in semantically aggregated patient data. Complex queries can be executed in real-time for millions of EHRs without the need for extraction and aggregation to analytical stores. The results of the query can be further analysed using a cloud-based analytics engine.