Notice Number: NOT-LM-20-001
Release Date: October 23, 2019
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Created in 1986, the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Unified Medical Language System® (UMLS) integrates and distributes key terminology, classification and coding standards, and associated resources to promote creation of effective and interoperable biomedical information systems and services, including electronic health records. It is a set of files and software that brings together many health and biomedical vocabularies and standards to enable interoperability between computer systems. For the past 30 years, researchers, health care providers, industry/vendors, and others have utilized the terminological resources of the UMLS in various applications of natural language processing, text processing, search retrieval, data extraction, and other applications. With recent advancements and improvements (e.g., artificial intelligence, AI) in computer processing, NLM is reviewing the computational infrastructure of the UMLS to consider how to improve its efficiency and utility, and to support modern use cases.
Through this RFI, NLM seeks stakeholder input on how to improve the UMLS. Additionally, NLM will conduct at least one public informational webinar that presents proposed ideas for improving UMLS. The input received from these efforts will be considered by NLM in the development of future versions of the UMLS.
In support of the NLM Strategic Plan, 2017-2027, and NIH Strategic Plan for Data Science, the goal of this effort is to make the UMLS leaner, stronger, and more useful. As such, NLM is requesting public comment on the considerations listed in the bullets that follow. Response to this Notice is voluntary, and respondents are free to address any or all of the topics listed or other topics not listed:
Submitting a Response
Comments should be submitted electronically to the following webpage: https://nlmenterprise.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4IbbUV1D7x0e0K1 by January 11, 2020.
This Notice is for planning purposes only and should not be construed as a policy, solicitation for applications, or as an obligation on the part of the Government to provide support for any ideas identified in response to it. Please note that the Government will not pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for its use of that information.
Please do not include any proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information in your response. The Government reserves the right to use any non-proprietary technical information in summaries of the state of the science, and any resultant solicitation(s). The NIH may use information gathered by this Notice to inform development of future funding opportunity announcements and policy development.
Please direct all inquiries to:
Office of the Director, National Library of Medicine