Tower of Babel Syndrome

A term coined in reference to the lack of standardisation of medical terminology which may result in
(1) Miscommunication between health professionals from different regions of the world even if they speak the same language
(2) Miscommunication between doctors and patients
(3) Incomplete literature searches for a particular condition because the person doing the search was unaware of all of the entity’s synonyms and aliases
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Although--or perhaps because--environmental health concerns affect every person on the planet, scientists often suffer a modern-day Tower of Babel syndrome, using a diversity of terms in all different languages to describe the same ideas.
Marc Horowitz, Senior Vice President of HLI, stated that "In working closely with the NHS, it was clear that there was a need to avoid the Tower of Babel syndrome so often seen in healthcare systems.