Knowledge engineering for health: a new discipline required to bridge the "ICT gap" between research and healthcare

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  • Tim Beck
  • Sirisha Gollapudi
  • Brunak, Søren
  • Norbert Graf
  • Heinz U Lemke
  • Debasis Dash
  • Iain Buchan
  • Carlos Díaz
  • Ferran Sanz
  • Anthony J Brookes
Despite vast amount of money and research being channeled toward biomedical research, relatively little impact has been made on routine clinical practice. At the heart of this failure is the information and communication technology "chasm" that exists between research and healthcare. A new focus on "knowledge engineering for health" is needed to facilitate knowledge transmission across the research-healthcare gap. This discipline is required to engineer the bidirectional flow of data: processing research data and knowledge to identify clinically relevant advances and delivering these into healthcare use; conversely, making outcomes from the practice of medicine suitably available for use by the research community. This system will be able to self-optimize in that outcomes for patients treated by decisions that were based on the latest research knowledge will be fed back to the research world. A series of meetings, culminating in the "I-Health 2011" workshop, have brought together interdisciplinary experts to map the challenges and requirements for such a system. Here, we describe the main conclusions from these meetings. An "I4Health" interdisciplinary network of experts now exists to promote the key aims and objectives, namely "integrating and interpreting information for individualized healthcare," by developing the "knowledge engineering for health" domain.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHuman Mutation
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)797-802
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - May 2012

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