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Applying event-condition-action mechanism in healthcare: a computerised clinical test-ordering protocol system (TOPS)

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2 Author(s)
Bing Wu ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Dublin Inst. of Technol., Ireland ; Dube, K.

The paper addresses issues of active database application in the challenging healthcare area: the management and execution of computerised clinical practice guidelines/protocols. The problem of how to efficiently and effectively query and manipulate the computerised clinical protocols/guidelines has posed a major challenge, but received little research attention until very recently. By proposing a declarative modeling language (PLAN) with an event-condition-action (ECA) mechanism for clinical test-ordering protocols, and an automatic mapping and management system (TOPS), the paper addresses this issue, in an important medical domain, from a unified approach based on an active rule mechanism. The work presented is part of an on-going research effort that investigates a new application domain for active databases, and proposes some new requirements towards the enhancements of active DBMS functionalities

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Cooperative Database Systems for Advanced Applications, 2001. CODAS 2001. The Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on

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