Unified Medical Language System


FIRST TOPIC (1/2 page): UMLS

-In 1986, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) began a long term research and development project to build a Unified Medical Language System (UMLS).

  • What is the purpose of the system?
  • Explain provide examples of how and where UMLS is implemented today.
  • What are some current and future implications you see UMLS having on health care applications?

-Databases are built to organize and archive data/records and to allow for speedy and accurate extraction for our uses. Data and records are inputted by many; maintained by few; and extracted by many. Mistakes will happen, and wrong eyes will see and wrong hands may access confidential data.

  • Without getting into too complicated technical solutions, how would you reduce and limit these mistakes?
  • What POLICY safeguards and/or guidelines would you adopt?