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Request for Information (RFI) on Next Directions for the National Library of Medicines Unified Medical Language System
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Oct 23 2019
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Request Information RFI) Next Directions the National Library Medicine’s Unified Medical Language System® Notice Number: NOT-LM-20-001 Key Dates Release Date: October 23, 2019 Related Announcements None Issued National Library Medicine NLM) Purpose Background Created 1986, National Library Medicine’s NLM) Unified Medical Language System® UMLS) integrates distributes key terminology, classification coding standards, associated resources promote creation effective interoperable biomedical information systems services, including electronic health records. is set files software brings together health biomedical vocabularies standards enable interoperability between computer systems. the past 30 years, researchers, health care providers, industry/vendors, others utilized terminological resources the UMLS various applications natural language processing, text processing, search retrieval, data extraction, other applications. recent advancements improvements e.g., artificial intelligence, AI) computer processing, NLM reviewing computational infrastructure the UMLS consider to improve efficiency utility, to support modern cases. Through RFI, NLM seeks stakeholder input how improve UMLS. Additionally, NLM conduct least public informational webinar presents proposed ideas improving UMLS. input received these efforts be considered NLM the development future versions the UMLS. Information Requested support the NLM Strategic Plan, 2017-2027, and NIH Strategic Plan Data Science, goal this effort to the UMLS leaner, stronger, more useful. such, NLM requesting public comment the considerations listed the bullets follow. Response this Notice voluntary, respondents free address any all the topics listed other topics listed: Considerations focusing UMLS Metathesaurus primarily concept synonyms, inter-concept relationships mappings between concepts, including: Attributes could removed Vocabularies may removed Ways customizing presentation specific cases Customization processes e.g., sub setting through MetamorphoSys) could removed Whether UMLS should retain capability reconstruct native versions the source terminologies its contained vocabularies they be obtained those sources directly Considerations enhancing UMLS Metathesaurus content, including: Vocabularies might added, especially those would improve alignment the work other NIH Institutes Centers other stakeholders Structure the content would facilitate in health data science analytics Better support access retired codes facilitate longitudinal data analysis Considerations enhancing UMLS Metathesaurus distribution, including: Integration the UMLS Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources® (FHIR) vocabulary services Enhancing application programming interface API) support mapping Consideration the of cloud computing such independent developers/users implement own processing technology against cloud version UMLS Consideration the of machine learning/AI support enhance UMLS Metathesaurus creation process Considerations modifying/simplifying UMLS license supporting open science Any topic may relevant NLM consider modernizing UMLS Submitting Response Comments should submitted electronically the following webpage: by January 11, 2020. Notice for planning purposes only should be construed a policy, solicitation applications, as obligation the part the Government provide support any ideas identified response it. Please note the Government not pay the preparation any information submitted for use that information. Please not include any proprietary, classified, confidential, sensitive information your response. Government reserves right use any non-proprietary technical information summaries the state the science, any resultant solicitation(s). NIH use information gathered this Notice inform development future funding opportunity announcements policy development. Inquiries Please direct inquiries to: Liz Amos Office the Director, National Library Medicine Telephone: 301-287-4291 Email: