Design and Implementation of an Ontology-Based Clinical Reminder System to Support Chronic Disease Healthcare

Marut BURANARACH  Nopphadol CHALORTHAM  Ye Myat THEIN  Thepchai SUPNITHI  

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IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E94-D   No.3   pp.432-439
Publication Date: 2011/03/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.E94.D.432
Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Knowledge Discovery, Data Mining and Creativity Support System)
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Keyword: 
ontology-based knowledge management,  knowledge-based decision support,  clinical information system,  

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Summary: 
Improving quality of healthcare for people with chronic conditions requires informed and knowledgeable healthcare providers and patients. Decision support and clinical information system are two of the main components to support improving chronic care. In this paper, we describe an ontology-based information and knowledge management framework that is important for chronic disease care management. Ontology-based knowledge acquisition and modeling based on knowledge engineering approach provides an effective mechanism in capturing expert opinion in form of clinical practice guidelines. The framework focuses on building of healthcare ontology and clinical reminder system that link clinical guideline knowledge with patient registries to support evidenced-based healthcare. We describe implementation and approaches in integrating clinical reminder services to existing healthcare provider environment by focusing on augmenting decision making and improving quality of patient care services.