EMBC06 Paper Abstract


Paper FrB09.4

Fujino, Masayuki A. (Univ. of Yamanashi), Bito, Shigeru (Seafic Software Corp.), Takei, Kazuko (Seafic Software Corp.), Mizuno, Shigeto (Nara Hospital, Kinki Univ. School of Medicine), Yokoi, Hideto (Kagawa Univ. Hospital)

Terminology and Global Standardization of Endoscopic Information: Minimal Standard Terminology (MST)

Scheduled for presentation during the Oral Session "Healthcare Information Management I" (FrB09), Friday, Sept 1, 2006, 11:30−11:45, Gramercy-Olmstead

28th IEEE EMBS Annual International Conference, Aug 30-Sept. 3, 2006, New York City, New York, USA

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Keywords Healthcare Information Management


Since 1994, following the leading efforts by the European Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Organisation Mondiale d’Endoscopie Digestive (OMED) has succeeded in compiling minimal number of terms required for computer generation of digestive endoscopy reports nicknamed MST (Minimal Standard Terminology). Though with some insufficiencies, and though developed only for digestive endoscopy, MST has been the only available terminology that is globally standardized in medicine. By utilizing the merits of a unified, structured terminology that can be used in multiple languages we can utilize the data stored in different languages as a common database. For this purpose, a standing, terminology-managing organization that manages and maintains and, when required, expands the terminology on a global level, is absolutely necessary. Unfortunately, however, the organization that performs version control of MST (OMED terminology, standardization and data processing committee) is currently suspending its activity. Medical practice of the world demands more and more specialization, with resultant needs for information exchange among specialized territories. As the cooperation between endoscopy and pathology has become currently the most important problem in the Endoscopy Working Group of Integrating Healthcare Enterprise-Japan (IHE-J,) the cooperation among different specialties is essential. There are DICOM or HL7 standards as the protocols for storage, and exchange (communication) of the data, but there is yet no organization that manages the terminology itself astride different specialties. We hereby propose to establish, within IEEE, for example, a system that promotes standardization of the terminology that can transversely describe a patient, and that can contro



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