Improving Decision-Making for Clinical Research and Health Administration

  • Alexandra Pomares-Quimbaya
  • Rafael A. González
  • Wilson-Ricardo Bohórquez
  • Oscar Mauricio Muñoz
  • Olga Milena García
  • Dario Londoño
Part of the Intelligent Systems Reference Library book series (ISRL, volume 55)


This chapter presents a health decision-support system called DISEArch that allows the identification and analysis of relevant EHR for decision-making. It uses structured and non-structured data, and provides analytical as well as visualization facilities over individual or sets of EHR. DISEArch proves to be useful to empower researchers during analysis processes and to reduce considerably the time required to obtain relevant EHR for a study. The analysis of semantic distance between EHR should also be further developed. As with any information systems project, a conversation needs to be put in place to realize the full potential that IT-based systems offer for people, in this case within the medical domain. It is a mutual learning experience that requires constant translations, frequent prototype discussions, grounding of new IT-based support in current practices and clear identification of existing problems and future opportunities that are opened up in order to enrich the momentum of the project, enlarge the community of early adopters and guaranteeing the continued financial, scientific and administrative support for the project from management stakeholders. Our experience is very positive and we intend to further pursue this approach and extract lessons learned for similar projects.


Health-care DSS IT service system Data mining 



This work is part of the project entitled “Identificación semiautomática de pacientes con enfermedades crónicas a partir de la exploración retrospectiva de las historias clínicas electrónicas registradas en el sistema SAHI del Hospital San Ignacio” funded by Hospital Universitario San Ignacio and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandra Pomares-Quimbaya
    • 1
  • Rafael A. González
    • 1
  • Wilson-Ricardo Bohórquez
    • 1
  • Oscar Mauricio Muñoz
    • 2
  • Olga Milena García
    • 1
  • Dario Londoño
    • 1
  1. 1.Pontificia Universidad JaverianaBogotáColombia
  2. 2.Hospital Universitario San IgnacioBogotáColombia

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