Development of decision support systems
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- Pryor, T.A. J Clin Monit Comput (1990) 7: 137. doi:10.1007/BF02915578
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Use of hospital information systems (HIS) are no longer limited to administrative functions. The addition to these systems of decision support capability is now a necessity. Development of the decision support modules requires a different software architecture than that employed by most HIS systems today. This paper describes the generic uses of decision support throughout the many hospital applications. Several levels of decision support are outlined with examples to illustrate the many areas where decision support is useful. At LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah we have developed an HIS using a new software architecture which supports the creation of decision support applications. This system uses a frame structure to represent knowledge. Examples of the frames and their syntax is presented. Using the frame tools which are provided, an application developer can easily develop and test decision support modules which interact directly with the clinical user and the patient database.