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Integration of tools for binding archetypes to SNOMED CT

Erik Sundvall1*, Rahil Qamar2, Mikael Nyström1, Mattias Forss1, Håkan Petersson1, Daniel Karlsson1, Hans Åhlfeldt1 and Alan Rector2

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1 Department of Biomedical Engineering, Linköping University, 581 85 Linköping, Sweden

2 School of Computer Science, University of Manchester, Kilburn Building, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK

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BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008, 8(Suppl 1):S7  doi:10.1186/1472-6947-8-S1-S7

Published: 27 October 2008



The Archetype formalism and the associated Archetype Definition Language have been proposed as an ISO standard for specifying models of components of electronic healthcare records as a means of achieving interoperability between clinical systems. This paper presents an archetype editor with support for manual or semi-automatic creation of bindings between archetypes and terminology systems.


Lexical and semantic methods are applied in order to obtain automatic mapping suggestions. Information visualisation methods are also used to assist the user in exploration and selection of mappings.


An integrated tool for archetype authoring, semi-automatic SNOMED CT terminology binding assistance and terminology visualization was created and released as open source.


Finding the right terms to bind is a difficult task but the effort to achieve terminology bindings may be reduced with the help of the described approach. The methods and tools presented are general, but here only bindings between SNOMED CT and archetypes based on the openEHR reference model are presented in detail.