Mandel on RDF Panel at SemTechBiz

Josh Mandel (second from right) spoke on a panel this week at the Semantic Technology & Business Conference, held June 2-5 in San Francisco’s Union Square. His group was there to discuss RDF as a Universal Healthcare Exchange Language, following a workshop earlier in the week that had prepared what came to be called the “Yosemite Manifesto” on the topic.

Like the other four speakers on the panel, Josh is in the business of addressing what the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology stated in its 2010 report on health IT:

The best way to manage and store data for advanced data-analytical techniques is to break data down into the smallest individual pieces that make sense to exchange or aggregate.

RDF—the Resource Description Framework—plays a key role in the SMART API. Details are provided in our developer documentation.

For more on the panel session, see the write-up on, who presented the conference along with parent company WebMediaBrands, Inc.

SMART Reverberations from Health:Refactored

Reflecting on his recent experience at the first-of-its-kind Health:Refactored conference, SMART lead architect Josh Mandel (left) said:

Health:Refactored convened a vibrant mix of doers in Health technology, with a clear focus on designing, building, and iterating on better health tools.  It was an exciting chance to meet and scheme with the broader developer community about SMART, BlueButton+, and the burgeoning marketplace of health APIs. A key theme for me: the critical importance of breaking down silo walls so patients (consumers!) and clinicians can—to echo Zak Kohane’s TEDMED mantramake their data count for them.

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Two Contrasting Approaches to Health Care’s API Revolution

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