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Development of a Dental Diagnostic Terminology - Ontology

Our project has the goal of mapping all the dental concepts used in general dental practice

Currently, use of standardized dental diagnostic information in dentistry is limited. Among other factors, the lack of a common standard prevents the sharing of clinical information among dental practitioners. This project has the goal of capturing the concepts commonly used in dental practice. We are in the process of structuring this information in order to create a standarized terminology - ontology that includes diagnostic information.

Type of project: academic


Involved Persons:

Project Leader: Miguel Humberto Torres-Urquidy (University of Pittsburgh, Center for Dental Informatics)
Other involved People: Titus Schleyer, PI


Is the project funded?yes
Funding source:NIH, NIDCR

Other information:

Duration of project:Ongoing
Papers related to project:Torres-Urquidy MH, Schleyer T. Adoption Issues of a Top-Level Ontology in Dentistry. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2009 Nov (Accepted). Torres-Urquidy M, Schleyer T. Formal Conceptualization of Dental Diagnoses: Status Report. Proceedings of the Second Interdisciplinary Ontology Meeting. Feb - Mar 2009. Okada M, Smith B (Eds). pp 17-23. Torres-Urquidy MH, Acharya A, Hernandez-Cott P, Misner J, Schleyer T. Evaluating the effectiveness of modeling principles for data models. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2009;143:525-33. Torres-Urquidy MH, Wali T, Schleyer T. Evaluation of diagnostic term extraction from dental cases: preliminary results. American Association of Dental Research, Dallas, TX. April 2008. Torres-Urquidy MH, Schleyer T. Evaluation of the Systematized Nomenclature of Dentistry using case reports: preliminary results. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2006;:1124.

DIOC user:

Miguel Humberto Torres-Urquidy (11 star_purple), University of Pittsburgh, Center for Dental Informatics
Miguel Humberto Torres-Urquidy's interests: digital imaging/image processing, clinical decision support, educational technology, bioinformatics, practice management, computer-based patient records, patients and computers/consumer health informatics, implementation/maintenance of IT, evidence-based dentistry/electronic information resources, research methods, library information sciences, diagnostic and therapeutic technologies, bioterrorism


arden forrey (23 ), 01/29/2010:
This project is contributory and synergistc with the ANSI HITSP Technical Committee Terminology efforts and should be formally coordinated with those activities as well as with ADA SCDI collbaorative efforts in both HITSP and with other HITSP SDO, such as ASTM E-31. Terminologies and Concept Ontologies for oral health participation in a unified Health Information Domain will require a "Common EHR Model" to idientify the the data attributes and data representations that are identified, first for Individual Health and then abstracted for Population Health e.g. Reportable Data). Collaborative participation with standards SDOs and activities will enable quick documnetation of those vocabulary of clear value to dnetal specilty practitioners in a form that can be easily described to other health disciplines and their use of an integrated Health Information Domain. Non oral health disciplines do not yet have an explicit and defined description of these area of common ground. NIH and NIDCR can quickly appreciate how these informtics convention can contribute to the science concepts that appear in Individual Health.


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