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Ray Hutchins

A national database to track EHR safety and security sounds like a good idea to me. The question is how to do it. Ontological engineering may be the solution.

It is increasingly accepted that ontologies are valuable for data mapping that correlates data from disparate sources. Data disparity is endemic to EMR/EHR due to different systems storing the same data differently.

But finding a company that understands and uses ontologies is not easy. I am aware of a company that has made a significant break-thru with respect to ontological engineering and disease control that is worth note.

It's a small privately held SaaS development company based in Colorado that has developed and deployed an ontologically-based, GIS integrated disease management decision support system in Africa to fight malaria. This is a significant system that was funded by the global combatants of this disease and the system can be rapidly customized for deployment to other disease environments…especially if you are talking about vector-borne disease.

The company, TerraFrame TerraFrame is interested in leveraging its technology to fight global diseases or other problems requiring better decision support systems and is happy to entertain creative conversations to that effect.

For more information please contact Ray Hutchins at [email protected]

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