Journal of Medical Systems

, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 1249–1258 | Cite as

Associating Clinical Archetypes Through UMLS Metathesaurus Term Clusters

  • Leonardo Lezcano
  • Salvador Sánchez-Alonso
  • Miguel-Angel Sicilia
Original Paper


Clinical archetypes are modular definitions of clinical data, expressed using standard or open constraint-based data models as the CEN EN13606 and openEHR. There is an increasing archetype specification activity that raises the need for techniques to associate archetypes to support better management and user navigation in archetype repositories. This paper reports on a computational technique to generate tentative archetype associations by mapping them through term clusters obtained from the UMLS Metathesaurus. The terms are used to build a bipartite graph model and graph connectivity measures can be used for deriving associations.


Clinical archetypes UMLS Graphs 



This work has been supported by the project “Historia Clínica Inteligente para la seguridad del Paciente/Intelligent Clinical Records for Patient Safety” (CISEP), code FIT-350301-2007-18, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leonardo Lezcano
    • 1
  • Salvador Sánchez-Alonso
    • 1
  • Miguel-Angel Sicilia
    • 1
  1. 1.Information Engineering Research Unit, Computer Science DepartmentUniversity of AlcaláAlcaláSpain

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