An evolutionary approach to the representation of adverse events

Studies in Health Technology and Informatics 150:537-541 (2009)
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One way to detect, monitor and prevent adverse events with the help of Information Technology is by using ontologies capable of representing three levels of reality: what is the case, what is believed about reality, and what is represented. We report on how Basic Formal Ontology and Referent Tracking exhibit this capability and how they are used to develop an adverse event ontology and related data annotation scheme for the European ReMINE project.

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Barry Smith
State University of New York, Buffalo


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