Intelligent healthcare monitoring system based on semantically enriched clinical guidelines

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2008
Laleci, Gökçe Banu
Clinical guidelines are developed to assist healthcare practitioners to make decisions on a patient's medical problems and as such they communicate with external applications to retrieve patient data, to initiate medical actions through clinical workflows and to transmit information to alert/reminder systems. The interoperability problems in the healthcare IT domain for interacting with heterogeneous clinical workflow systems and Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) Systems prevent wider deployment of clinical guidelines because each deployment requires a tedious custom adaptation phase. In this thesis, we provide machine processable mechanisms that express the semantics of clinical guideline interfaces so that automated processes can be used to access the clinical resources for guideline deployment and execution. For this purpose, we propose a semantically enriched clinical guideline representation formalism by extending one of the computer interpretable guideline representation languages, GuideLine Interchange Format (GLIF). To be able to deploy the semantically extended guidelines to healthcare settings semi-automatically, the underlying application's semantics must also be available. We describe how this can be achieved based on two prominent implementation technologies in use in the eHealth domain: Integrating Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) Cross Enterprise Document Sharing Integration Profile (XDS) for discovering and exchanging EHRs and Web service technology for interacting with the clinical workflows and wireless medical sensor devices. Since the deployment and execution architecture should be dynamic, and address the heterogeneity of underlying clinical environment, the deployment and execution is coordinated by a multi-agent system. The system described in this thesis is realized within the scope of the SAPHIRE Project.

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G. B. Laleci, “Intelligent healthcare monitoring system based on semantically enriched clinical guidelines,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2008.