SS-EN-ISO-16278 Health informatics - Categorial structure for terminological systems of human anatomy (ISO 16278:2016)


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This International Standard defines the characteristics required to synthetically describe the organization and content of human anatomy within a terminological system. It is intended primarily for use with computer-based applications such as clinical electronic health records, decision support and for various bio-medical research purposes.This International Standard will serve to— facilitate the construction of new terminological systems in a regular form which will increase their coherence and expressiveness,— facilitate maintenance of human anatomy within terminological systems,— increase consistency and coherence of existing terminological system,— allow systematic cross-references between items of human anatomy in different types of terminological systems,— facilitate convergence among human anatomy within terminological systems,— make explicit the overlap for human anatomy between different health care domains terminological systems,— provide elements for negotiation about integration of different terminological systems into information systems between the respective developers, and— enable the systematic evaluation of human anatomy within terminological systems.The International Standard itself is not suitable or intended for use by, individual clinicians or hospital administrators.

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SS-EN ISO 16278:2016

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Publication Date

March 29, 2016



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International Equivalent

EN ISO 16278:2016(IDT); ISO 16278:2016(IDT)