Terminologien oder Klassifikationen: Was Bringt die Zukunft?

Translated title of the contribution: Terminologies or classifications. What does the future hold?

Josef Ingenerf*

*Corresponding author for this work
5 Citations (Scopus)


Classifications like ICD-10 are always purpose-dependent reconstructions of a domain. The strong hierarchical, mutually exclusive divisions of classes are necessarily the result of a compromise, i.e. by using residual classes. Below the aggregation level of classes a machine manipulable level of concepts is needed to enable knowledgebased decision support or semantic integration of patient data. A set of concepts with their meanings and descriptions is provided by terminologies like LOINC. For large specialty areas, terminologies can be no longer realized by enumeration. Similar to human beings using language according to the "LEGO principle", i.e. decomposing in primitive building blocks (vocabulary) and rule-compliant composing to meaningful sentences (grammar), in almost the same manner complex concepts are dealt with in compositional terminologies like SNOMED CT by using logical approaches. Those terminologies enable a sophisticated machinesupported interpretation of exchanged patient data, e.g. for decision support modules in drug therapy.

Translated title of the contributionTerminologies or classifications. What does the future hold?
Original languageGerman
JournalBundesgesundheitsblatt - Gesundheitsforschung - Gesundheitsschutz
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)1070-1083
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 01.08.2007


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