Using ontologies for an intelligent patient modelling, adaptation and management system

Bouamrane, M.-M., Rector, A. and Hurrell, M. (2008) Using ontologies for an intelligent patient modelling, adaptation and management system. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 5332, pp. 1458-1470. (doi:10.1007/978-3-540-88873-4_36)

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Health Information Management Systems (HIMS) face considerable technical and organisational barriers before successful deployment in hospitals. In addition, many existing systems have significant limitations, including: lack of flexibility and adaptability to complex requirements and processes and a general lack of “intelligence”. They offer basic patient management functionalities but do not go far beyond core functionalities. Due to their rigid architectures, these systems are hard to maintain and update. Recent advances in knowledge representation, including ontologies, can offer powerful and appealing solution to these problems. In this paper, we describe our current work on using ontologies for adapted information collection and patient representation. We describe the iterative transformation of a basic risk assessment software into a “knowledge-aware” system. We argue that using ontologies is both conceptually appealing and a pragmatic solution to implementing a shift from simple management systems to intelligent systems in healthcare. In turn, we believe such systems will efficiently support clinicians in their daily activities and will result in improved delivery of tailored patient care.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Paper presented at the OTM 2008 Confederated International Conferences, CoopIS, DOA, GADA, IS, and ODBASE 2008. Part II on On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems, Monterrey, Mexico, 10-14 Nov 2008
Keywords:Ontology, Clinical Decision Support Systems, Adaptive Patient Medical questionnaires, Preoperative Assessment
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bouamrane, Dr Matt-Mouley
Authors: Bouamrane, M.-M., Rector, A., and Hurrell, M.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
Journal Name:Lecture Notes in Computer Science

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