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Unified Medical Language System (UMLS)

In 1986, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) began a long term research and development project to build a Unified Medical Language System (UMLS).
1. What is the purpose of the system?
2. What are some examples of how and where UMLS is implemented today?
3. What are some current and future implications you see UMLS having on health care applications?

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The Unifies Medical Language System (UMLS) was created to improve communication between computer systems. In doing so, this empowered health practitioners and researchers with better access, storage, and retrieval of vital data. It is a series of files and software that allows linking between different entities. For example, UMLS allows doctors, pharmacies, and insurance companies to be linked for faster and more efficient service rendering. It is also used to interlink departments within hospitals or offices in clinics. By linking personnel access, this allows each department to view the treatments, therapies, and recommendations a patient is receiving at each stop.
UMLS can be used as a data retrieval tool when sifting through volumes of patient records. Another use is to correlate public health statistics. With the extensive biomedical vocabularies, it is possible to perform needed research on topics as well. Also, billing and coding tasks can be accomplished using UMLS.

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In the 1980s, the National Institute for Health began the development of the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS). This system was created to empower health practitioners and researchers. In turn, this open new avenues of opportunity to patients. This document will describe the scope of UMLS and benefits since creations. Noted application for the future is also included.