RDF for universal health data exchange? Correcting some basic misconceptions…
- RDF is the best available candidate for a universal healthcare exchange language.
- Electronic healthcare information should be exchanged in a format that either: (a) is an RDF format directly; or (b) has a standard mapping to RDF.
- Existing standard healthcare vocabularies, data models and exchange languages should be leveraged by defining standard mappings to RDF, and any new standards should have RDF representations.
- Government agencies should mandate or incentivize the use of RDF as a universal healthcare exchange language.
- Exchanged healthcare information should be self-describing, using Linked Data principles, so that each concept URI is de-referenceable to its free and open definition.