W04-03: An ontological study of healthcare corporations and their social entities

TitleW04-03: An ontological study of healthcare corporations and their social entities
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsAlmeida M.B.
Conference NameInternational Conference on Biomedical Ontology and BioCreative (ICBO BioCreative 2016)
Date Published11/30/16
PublisherCEUR-ws.org Volume 1747
Other NumbersVol-1747|urn:nbn:de:0074-1747-1

Healthcare corporations have a primary goal to provide high-quality health care to those who seek its assistance. The quality and safety of care provided by a healthcare corporation depends on many factors involving both medical and business decisions. One crucial factor in healthcare corporations function is the information management mainly performed through information systems, which process information for both clinical decision making and for fulfilling internal and external legal obligations. In this lecture, we propose a sketch of an ontology-based model for healthcare corporations with the aim of facilitating the coordination of the information systems involved in either medical or management activities. In order to accomplish this, we focus on three efforts: i) to shed some light on the ontological status of corporations; ii) to clarify the relations that exist between the corporation as whole and both its members and units; iii) to explain how an corporation administers its duties and responsibilities on behalf of people who compose it.