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A knowledge creation info-structure to acquire and crystallize the tacit knowledge of health-care experts

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3 Author(s)
S. S. R. Abidi ; Fac. of Comput. Sci., Dalhousie Univ., Halifax, NS, Canada ; Yu-N Cheah ; J. Curran

Tacit knowledge of health-care experts is an important source of experiential know-how, yet due to various operational and technical reasons, such health-care knowledge is not entirely harnessed and put into professional practice. Emerging knowledge-management (KM) solutions suggest strategies to acquire the seemingly intractable and nonarticulated tacit knowledge of health-care experts. This paper presents a KM methodology, together with its computational implementation, to 1) acquire the tacit knowledge possessed by health-care experts; 2) represent the acquired tacit health-care knowledge in a computational formalism-i.e., clinical scenarios-that allows the reuse of stored knowledge to acquire tacit knowledge; and 3) crystallize the acquired tacit knowledge so that it is validated for health-care decision-support and medical education systems.

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IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine  (Volume:9 ,  Issue: 2 )