A Semantic Similarity Evaluation for Healthcare Ontologies Matching to HL7 FHIR Resources

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Abstract

Healthcare 4.0 demands healthcare data to be shaped into a common standardized and interoperable format for achieving more efficient data exchange. Most of the techniques addressing this domain are dealing only with specific cases of data transformation through the translation of healthcare data into ontologies, which usually result in clinical misinterpretations. Currently, ontology alignment techniques are used to match different ontologies based on specific string and semantic similarity metrics, where very little systematic analysis has been performed on which semantic similarity techniques behave better. For that reason, in this paper we are investigating on finding the most efficient semantic similarity technique, based on an existing approach that can transform any healthcare dataset into HL7 FHIR, through the translation of the latter into ontologies, and their matching based on syntactic and semantic similarities.