The 'PEARL' Data Warehouse: Initial Challenges Faced with Semantic and Syntactic Interoperability

Samhar Mahmoud, Andrew W Boyd, Vasa Curcin, Richard Bache, Asad Ali, Simon Miles, Adel Taweel, Brendan Delaney, John Macleod

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Data about patients are available from diverse sources, including those routinely collected as individuals interact with service providers, and those provided directly by individuals through surveys. Linking these data can lead to a more complete picture about the individual, to inform either care decision making or research investigations. However, post-linkage, differences in data recording systems and formats present barriers to achieving these aims. This paper describes an approach to combine linked GP records with study observations, and reports initial challenges related to semantic and syntactic interoperability issues.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformatics for Health
Subtitle of host publicationConnected Citizen-Led Wellness and Population Health
EditorsRebecca Randell, Ronald Cornet, Colin McCowan, Niels Peek, Philip J Scott
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781614997535
ISBN (Print)9781614997528
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
PublisherIOS Press
ISSN (Print)0926-9630


  • Data Linkage
  • Electronic Health Records


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