Initial SOLOR Viewer Launch

On January 15th, 2018, the SOLOR Viewer’s first release is going live! The SOLOR Viewer will allow users to view specific medical terminologies (such as SNOMED, LOINC, and RxNorm) that have been transformed into SOLOR’s common model. Currently, medical terminologies come from different sources and are represented differently. However, by using a common model that integrates these terminologies seamlessly, the SOLOR Viewer can display content from different sources after the transformation process. Users will consequently not need to burden themselves with unnecessary complexities, and can instead focus on the meaning of the content.

With the Viewer’s launch, SOLOR is striving to improve healthcare interoperability by “normalizing” medical terminology standards, making these standards easier to use, update, and extend for improved decision support capabilities and electronic health record (EHR) implementers. Tune into Keith Campbell’s presentation and demo of the Viewer Thursday, January 18th, from 1-3 PM Eastern.

What is SOLOR (A System of Logical Representation)?

SOLOR currently consists of – but is not limited to – SNOMED CT, LOINC, and RxNorm. These terminology standards are “integrated” by transforming these source terminologies (SNOMED CT, LOINC, RxNorm) into a common model that provides a uniform representation scheme and additional meta-data needed for semantic integration and advanced versioning. The common model is centered around STAMP-based chronologies of concepts (Status, Time, Author, Module, and Path) and the semantics associated with those concepts. Each data element in SOLOR is assigned a unique UUID based identifier, but also retains its original identifier from its source terminology.

What is the SOLOR Viewer?

Fundamentally, the SOLOR Viewer is an application (compatible with Windows/Mac) that allows users to transform and view the content. After installing the Viewer, users can navigate SOLOR content, search SOLOR content, and view SOLOR details of the data elements. The SOLOR team believes in making medical terminology simpler, not more complicated, and welcomes all those who wish to make an impact in Health IT and interoperability. The SOLOR Viewer is open source, giving project and library access to developers, who are encouraged to build on top of existing functionalities.

What Functionality Will the First SOLOR Viewer Include?

The SOLOR team is unveiling the SOLOR Viewer to potential users on January 15th, 2018. This first iteration provides a display-only version of the SOLOR content, which will allow users to navigate and search within SNOMED and LOINC. This initial Viewer will allow simple text string searches, and navigation of the terminology tree structure.

The SOLOR team will continue development of the SOLOR Viewer to include RxNorm content, and export functionalities and complex queries built using the For, Let, Where, Order by, Return (FLWOR) methodology. Look out for future releases of the SOLOR Viewer!

Who Should Use the SOLOR Viewer?

The SOLOR Viewer is for anyone who is interested in learning more about SOLOR content and methodologies.

The goal of the initial SOLOR Viewer launch is to allow users to explore the open source SOLOR Viewer platform, and see how the terminology standards (SNOMED CT and LOINC) have been transformed into a uniform representation.

Live Presentation and Demo

The Federal Health Architecture is hosting a learning series on SOLOR on Thursday, January 18th, from 1-3 PM Eastern Time. Keith Campbell will be providing an in-depth presentation on SOLOR’s origins and intended use, topped off with a demo of the SOLOR Viewer. Learn how the integration of terminology relates to clinical statement models and semantic interoperability. Register here for the webinar link. Join audio by dialing (415) 655-0060. Webinar ID 693-365-515.

Please email federal.health@hhs.gov for an official invite or more information.

01/19/2018 UPDATE:

A small patch to the SOLOR Viewer has been released. Be sure to download the newest version today.