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Call for Participation in Healthcare Schema Vocabulary Community Group

The Healthcare Schema Vocabulary Community Group has been launched:

Dear colleagues,
I am pleased to introduce to you this healthcare community effort initiated in June 2013, to build an extension to medical entity (named
This effort aimed to enable the use of not only by webmasters but also in indexing health records, healthcare documents and as a pillar open source of medical ontology/vocabulary for formalization of healthcare information. This effort was inspired by the experience with SALUS EU FP7 project (info here and here).

Within SALUS EU FP7 project- with AGFA Healthcare as a partner, several reusable clinical entities using as a third-party pillar source of medical ontology and have been tested successfully and used.

This community effort aim to provide a medical/health vocabulary. The intention is not to be complete nor replacing existing clinical information models nor creating a new information model. The aim is mainly to provide most useful and frequently used (so, demand driven) classes and predicates related to medical domain. Within this scope all concepts are mapped to the existing terminology (SNOMED, ICD, LOINC, ATC, RxNorm,etc.) as far as it’s feasible.

The proposal have been already submitted to and accepted.

We will leave out to the consumer the next step of drafting a set of clinical information models using as a third-party pillar source of medical ontology. This will contribute to the interoperability and re-use of the patterns in healthcare information exchange.

Do not miss this momentum!

Please join this effort today and be part of future healthcare information sharing community!

You’re all welcome!
Marc Twagirumukiza

In order to join the group, you will need a W3C account. Please note, however, that W3C Membership is not required to join a Community Group.

This is a community initiative. This group was originally proposed on 2015-05-21 by Marc Twagirumukiza. The following people supported its creation: Marc Twagirumukiza, Pavlik elf, James G. Robertson, Dave F. D. Jr, Boris De Vloed, Jos De Roo, Kristof Depraetere, Dan Brickley. W3C’s hosting of this group does not imply endorsement of the activities.

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W3C Community Development Team






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