ABSTRACT: There is an increasing need for updated and harmonised health care classifications and coding systems to allow international comparisons and cooperation for instance for population based WHO indicators, Electronic Health Record safety, trans border migration of population, case mix and procedure payment. It is not feasible to propose a standardisation of the linguistic expressiveness of different health care professionals and of the citizens. Natural language expressions show inconsistencies and ambiguities as assessed by biomedical ontology driven tools. In order to build a road towards standardisation the European Standard Body CEN has stated that it was not possible to convince the different European member states using different national languages to agree on a reference clinical terminology as Snomed-CT or to standardise a detailed language independent biomedical ontology. It has developed since 1990 an approach named categorial structure as a step standardising only the terminologies model structure. The categorial structure for terminologies of human anatomy currently in the phase of final approval is presented as a methodology for bridging between classifications and coding systems and biomedical ontology on the way to semantic interoperability between different languages, legacies and goals.
Studies in health technology and informatics 02/2007; 129(Pt 1):735-40.