Something new and different: The Unified Medical Language System

Inf Serv Use. 2022 May 10;42(1):95-106. doi: 10.3233/ISU-210138. eCollection 2022.


Donald A.B. Lindberg M.D. arrived at the U.S. National Library of Medicine in 1984 and quickly launched the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) research and development project to help computers understand biomedical meaning and to enable retrieval and integration of information from disparate electronic sources, e.g., patient records, biomedical literature, knowledge bases. This chapter focuses on how Lindberg’s thinking, preferred ways of working, and decision-making guided UMLS goals and development and on what made the UMLS markedly “new and different” and ahead of its time.

PMID:35600122 | PMC:PMC9108578 | DOI:10.3233/ISU-210138