The PropeR way to support medical doctors in daily practice. Developing the protocol based DSS

E.M.W. Oosterhout, van, J.L. Talmon, P.A. Clercq, de, H.C. Schouten, M.P. Jansen, A. Hasman

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This paper describes the first phase of the development of a Protocol based Decision Support System (PDSS) that will be linked to an Electronic Patient Record system (EPR system). The protocol system will be pro-active: the physician will be automatically prompted from the EPR of a particular patient if the protocol that applies for that patient defines it necessary. The PropeR project studies the impact of a PDSS that is linked to an EPR on daily care processes. There are two areas of research: hospital and home care. This paper describes the application in the hospital. The protocol that is being computerized is a treatment protocol for Acute Myelogenous Leukaemia (AML) that also studies treatment alternatives (conventional versus experimental treatment). This paper based AML protocol has been translated into a formal representation. The KA-tool Gaston is used to make this representation. Twenty-eight subprotocols have been organized in a hierarchical structure with three levels. One of the aims of the project is to make a representation of the AML protocol that can be used in other organizations as well. The main problem we encountered is that the representation not only contains the content of the protocol, but also aspects of application of that protocol in daily care of the hospital and aspects of support. The solution to this problem is the creation of two layers of representation: the first layer is an exact copy of the protocol and thus sharable and the second layer focuses on the support of the protocol in the daily working processes and is mainly domain specific: for the University Hospital Maastricht. At the moment, this division into two layers is being discussed
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe New Navigators: from Professionals to Patients
EditorsR. Baud, M. Fieschi, P. le Beux, xx P.
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
ISBN (Print)978-1-58603-347-7
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics


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