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LinuxMall.com: XML Medical Terminology Project Seeks To Unify Information

May 07, 2000, 21:30 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Medical terminology can sound like a foriegn and sometimes frightening language to those not familiar with its specialized vocabulary. Ailments are commonly described to confused patients in words they can't pronounce, let alone understand. As healthcare providers find ways to bridge this rift, heightened sharing of information is needed to allow the patient to be informed about his/her condition and options."

"Extensible Markup Language (XML), an Internet language used for data representation and description purposes, is being used by the XML Medical Terminology Project to someday bring together that enormous base of knowledge. The Project outline "promises to bring order and quality to the healthcare information that is offered over the Internet." The source code and images are freely available to anyone interested in setting up their own version of the project."

"The project seeks to design a simple tool that "brings the entire medical health and healthcare disciplines together through one `gateway.' With this page as the starting point and ending point, a visitor can have specific information about any term, condition or health contition delivered to them, without leaving the page."

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